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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 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...

Even with Concession on Property Tax Deductions, Tax Bill Aimed for Wednesday Release Faces Early Opposition

Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced that the House’s tax plan will allow individuals to deduct their state and local property taxes from their federal returns, “to help taxpayers with local tax burdens,” although not their state and local income or sales taxes. However, the National Association of Home Builders has already voiced its opposition to the...

House Passes Budget, Clearing the Way for Tax Reform

The House of Representatives approved the Senate version of the 2018 federal budget by a narrow margin (216-212).  The budget will allow for tax legislation that could add up to $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years, and will clear the path for Congress to fast-track tax reform legislation.  House Republicans are expected to unveil the text of their tax bill next week....

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...

Tax Reform Outline to be Released Week of September 25

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady announced that a tax reform framework that identifies the “consensus” core elements of tax reform will be released the week of September 25 when Congress returns from their break. Brady also confirmed that the objective is still to enact tax reform legislation this year and that the intention is to do so through budget reconciliation....

White House Legislative Director Hopes for Bipartisan Support for Tax Reform Bill

Legislative Affairs director Marc Short, acknowledging that the reconciliation process leaves little room for error, stated that he is hopeful some Democrats, including members of the Blue Dog Coalition and the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House, as well as red state Democrats in the Senate, will support the passage of a tax reform bill.  Short expects that tax reform legislation will...

Republicans Close to a Unified Tax Reform Framework

House Speaker Paul Ryan, addressing an audience at the New Balance shoe factory in Massachusetts, stated that White House and Congressional leaders are nearing agreement on a tax reform framework.  Speaker Ryan suggested that lowering the current corporate tax rate of 35 percent to a 20 percent rate, through the closing of loopholes and special interest deductions, is a realistic...

House Committee Approves 2018 Budget Resolution

The House Budget Committee, with members voting along party lines, voted to send the recently introduced budget resolution to the House floor for consideration by the full chamber.  Opposition is anticipated not only from Democratic members, but also from within the GOP rank and file, with Republican moderates disagreeing with the proposed steep cuts and Republican conservatives...

House Republicans Disclose Budget Plan

The House GOP has unveiled its budget plan, calling for extensive cuts in federal spending, including federal employee benefits, financial industry regulations and welfare expenditures, that total over $200B.  Along with anticipated accelerated economic growth, these cuts are intended to produce a balanced budget over the next decade.  While divisions among the House Republicans make...

White House, Congress Agree on Timeline; Ryan Calls for Permanent Reform

Speaking at the National Association of Manufacturers summit, House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed that the White House and House Republicans concentrating on crafting tax reform have agreed to a timeline for a bill to be submitted. White House Chief Economic Advisor, Gary Cohn, has stated that they aim to introduce a bill to Congress in September. The Speaker reiterated his belief in a...


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