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Senate Tax Plan Will Include Repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate

Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch recently revised the Senate tax proposal to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Recent revisions also made many of the tax cuts for individuals temporary. Corporate tax cuts remain permanent. These changes were made so that the tax proposal would comply with the Senate’s Bryd Rule, which prevents legislation that...

Senate Releases Modification to the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch, has released a modified version of the chairman’s mark for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Read the full text here: Description of the Chairman’s Modification to the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...

Orrin Hatch to introduce Senate tax reform bill amendments changing 401(k), IRA classifications

The Senate Finance Committee has released a full list of the proposed amendments to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act currently under consideration. Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch will present several amendments to the Senate’s tax reform bill during the mark up. His proposal includes a provision allowing publicly traded companies to deduct up to 12.5% of dividends paid to shareholders from...

Ways and Means Committee Amends the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Monday, the House Ways and Means Committee approved an amendment offered by Kevin Brady to the proposed tax reform bill. The amendment revises the rules targeting the international base erosion by providing a foreign tax credit, among other items. This amendment also imposes an additional holding period requirement for capital gain on carried interest, increasing the holding period...

Senate Will Not Release Bill Until House Finishes Markup

The House Ways and Means Committee  continues the markup process that began on Monday.  No new amendments were agreed to in yesterday’s markup session but the state and local tax deduction and pass-through entities remain key issues in the debate concerning the legislation.  The House’s negotiation process has important implications for the Senate timeline as the Senate bill will not...

Senate Bill Anticipated Later This Week; House Begins Markup of Their Tax Reform Legislation

  The House Ways and Means Committee began marking up the GOP tax bill this afternoon, and the process is expected to continue until Thursday. The markup will start with opening statements and then amendments are expected to be introduced throughout the week by Chairman Kevin Brady.  With the floor open to Democrats, discussions and amendments are anticipated to focus on the...

Delayed Tax Reform Bill Is Expected To Be Released Thursday

Kevin Brady, the Republican chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, stated that the tax reform bill will be released on Thursday. The bill was originally slated to be released today but there are still several unsettled matters related to the plan, such as the in threshold for the top marginal individual tax rate. The Ways and Means Committee remains set to mark up the bill on...

Set Phasers to Stun: Corporate Tax Cuts May Be Delayed Under Phase-in Plan

An unnamed member of the House Ways and Means Committee stated Monday that the Committee is discussing a phase-in plan for the corporate tax-rate cut. In response, Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said only that the Committee preferred an option with no phase-in. Both President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also expressed their preference for an...

State and Local Tax Deduction Presents a Potential Roadblock to Tax Reform

Republican leaders are counting on a swift vote on the budget in order to meet their end-of-year deadline for passing tax reform.  However, House Republicans from high-tax states like New York, California, Illinois, and New Jersey indicated that they might not vote to pass the budget on Thursday unless they receive a guarantee that tax reform will not eliminate the State and Local Tax...

“Trick or Treat?: Top House Republicans Discuss Timing for Release of Tax Reform Bill”

Yesterday, Rep. Mark Meadows, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, revealed that he has been promised that the text of the tax reform bill will be published by November 3rd; he expects a vote on the legislation prior to Thanksgiving. Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee that is currently drafting the legislation, offered a less-specific timeline, saying...

President Trump Urges House Republicans to Adopt the Senate-Approved Budget to Speed Up Tax-Reform Process

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence urged House Republicans on a conference call yesterday to speed up the tax reform process by adopting the Senate-approved budget without further amendments. The chairwoman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Diane Black, as well as Speaker Paul Ryan also voiced their support for the passage of the Senate budget this week. The end of this...

Congressional Republicans Frustrated by Lack of Tax Reform Detail

With the vote for tax reform legislation looming, Congressional members of the GOP, including Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, have expressed concern over the lack of clarity as to what the tax reform proposal is.  Speaking anonymously, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee suggested that the lack of detail was either to prevent media leaks or because there is simply not...

GOP Fears President’s Volatile Relationships Could Jeopardize Tax Reform

President Trump’s declining relationship with his party and the business community could endanger passage of a tax reform bill.  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady stated that tax reform, which he described as the “signature issue of this presidency,” can only succeed if the President “gets on board and stays on board.”  In the wake of distracting events and the...

GOP Considers Hybrid Approach to Tax Reform

Congressional tax committee members and the White House are discussing tax reform that combines permanent revisions to the tax code with temporary rate cuts for individuals and businesses.  The proposal is a potential solution for Republicans if the party opts to utilize the reconciliation process, which limits the life of tax cuts adding 10 years to the federal deficit. (The effect of...

Senate Democrats Call for Bipartisan Tax Reform

In a letter to the President and GOP Congressional leaders, the 45 of the 48 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus urged abandonment of the reconciliation process in favor of bipartisan tax reform.  The Senate Democrats stated, however, that they would not support a bill that grants tax breaks to the wealthy or that adds to the deficit and thereby jeopardizes critical programs such...


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