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EU Finance Ministers Debate the EU’s Response to the 2017 Tax Act

Finance ministers from key EU countries, including France, Germany and Italy, are questioning whether some of the provisions of the 2017 tax act are contrary to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The finance ministers are currently reviewing whether to file a complaint with the WTO out of concern that the tax act will spark a race to the bottom with respect to tax rates. EU finance...

CRS Report Analyzes 2017 Federal Tax System In Anticipation of Tax Bill Changes

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published Report 7-5700 on December 26, 2017, which provides an overview of the federal tax system as in effect through 2017. The report notes that the new tax bill, H.R. 1, will generate broad changes for individuals (personal exemptions; standard deduction) and businesses (different tax rate for pass-through business income; territorial tax...

Title: Tax Bill Passes in House

House Republicans voted to pass the Senate’s revised version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts today. Read More: House sends sweeping GOP tax bill to Trump’s desk

Tax Bill Passes in Senate Wednesday Morning, House Expected to Vote (Again) Later Today

Senate Republicans voted to pass a revised version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts early Wednesday morning. The House voted yesterday in favor of the legislation, however several minor provisions of the bill did not comply with Senate rules and had to be removed. The House is expected to vote on the revised version of the bill sometime today. Read More:  Senate passes sweeping GOP tax...

With a Consensus Tax Bill, Christmas May Come Early for Republicans

An agreement between Senate and House Republicans on a tax bill was finalized Wednesday morning. According to lawmakers and reports from aides, Senate and House Republicans have agreed to provisions including the following: • Corporate tax rate will drop from 35% to 21%, to go in effect in 2018. • Individuals will be allowed to deduct up to $10,000 in state and local taxes, split...

House-Senate Conference Committee Meeting on Republican Tax Reform Bill Held Today

The House-Senate Conference Committee met today to discuss the previously passed Senate and House versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. During this meeting the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Thomas Barthold, provided a brief overview of the key differences in the tax bills and answered questions regarding the two bills in question. This is the only such meeting of...

Conference Committee Working to Resolve House and Senate Differences

Conference Committee negotiators in the House and Senate over the weekend did not reach a compromise on the different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The main issues include the timing of the 20% corporate rate cut and whether to allow deductions for state and local taxes. Currently, Congressional Republicans hope to finalize the bill by December 20th, and Kevin Brady, Chair of...

All in a Late Night’s Work: Senate Passes Tax Bill

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, the Senate passed its tax reform bill with a vote of 51-49. Changes to the bill, including some handwritten into the document, were made leading up to the final vote. The only Republican to vote against the bill was Senator Bob Corker who has continued concerns regarding the estimated $1+ trillion deficit over the next 10 years. Corker...

Senate May Vote on Its Tax Reform Bill as Early as Thursday, but There Are Hurdles to Overcome

At least a half dozen Republican senators have shown concern about the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, threatening the passage of the bill by the end of this year. The bill, passed out of the Senate Finance Committee on November 17, faces its next major hurdle from the Senate Budget Committee who will meet Tuesday, November 28, to add a revenue-raising measure allowing...

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...

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...

Administration Official States that Repatriation Tax Will Be in the 10% Range

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn stated on Sunday that the Trump administration has proposed taxing profits accumulated offshore in the “10 percent range.” The tax reform framework released on September 27 stated that there would be two rates for the repatriation tax, with cash taxed at a higher rate than illiquid assets, but did not specify an amount. Cohn did not indicate...

Aspects for GOP’s Tax Overhaul Plan Leak

The Republican tax reform blueprint, due to be released this week, will propose a corporate tax rate of 20 percent, according to three insiders with knowledge of the plan, speaking on the condition of anonymity.  In addition, the plan will call for full-expensing, allowing companies to immediately and fully deduct capital expenses.   However, the full expensing benefit will be...

Hatch Touts Corporate Integration at Tax Reform Hearing

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, during his opening statement at the committee’s Hearing on Business Tax Reform on September 19, stated that he continues to support his corporate integration proposal, which would allow U.S. businesses to deduct shareholder dividend payments from their taxable income in order to resolve the perceived double taxation, at the corporate and...

Mnuchin Discusses Tax Reform

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, during an interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” indicated that tax reform would be revenue neutral under the Administration’s growth assumptions.  In discussing specifics of the yet-to-be released tax reform plan, he stated that the estate tax would be eliminated, that there would be a one-time deemed...


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