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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...

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...

Ryan Anticipates Release of Tax Reform Plan by Autumn

House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that Congressional tax writers are close to unveiling their template for tax reform and that he anticipates its release this fall, followed by the passage of legislation before the end of the year.  Speaker Ryan also confirmed that the goal is to lower the corporate tax rate to the industrialized average of 22.5%, noting that President Trump’s goal of a...

The ‘Big 6’ Are Making Progress on Tax Reform Framework

The White House and Congressional Republicans have reached broad agreement on several potential offsets to fund tax cuts, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.  Present options include capping the mortgage interest deduction, eliminating the state and local tax deduction, and eliminating the interest deduction for businesses.  Additionally, there is consensus among the...

Cohn Calls for Sub-23% Corporate Tax Rate

White House economic advisor Gary Cohn stated that the US must reduce the tax rate for corporations and pass-through entities below 23%.  He indicated such a rate is necessary to encourage domestic corporations to keep their profits in the US by competing with corporate tax rates offered by most member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). ...

Meadows Cites Thanksgiving Deadline for Tax Reform

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event, stated that “if [the tax reform bill] doesn’t get to the president’s desk by Thanksgiving… it isn’t going to happen.”  He explained that the timing is imperative in order to retroactively apply tax reform benefits to 2017 and to avoid the legislative slowdown often associated with midterm...

Abandonment of Border Adjustment Tax may lead to Shallower, Shorter Tax Cuts

The GOP’s decision to abandon the controversial border adjustment tax (BAT) increases the chances that ensuing tax cuts will be both temporary and shallower than envisioned.  Without the BAT’s estimated $1 Trillion in revenue, and with no other plan to raise significant funds, analysts estimate the lowest possible revenue-neutral rate for corporate taxes is about 27%, significantly...

Joint Statement on Tax Reform Issued; BAT Abandoned

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued a joint statement on tax reform that sets out a broad framework for moving forward on tax reform. Most notably,...


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