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President Trump Considers Subjecting the Treasury to OMB Oversight

President Trump is considering whether to grant the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) oversight over regulations issued by the Treasury Department. While the Treasury Department has been exempt from OMB review since the 1980s with respect to tax regulations, President Trump’s move would end that autonomy and add an additional layer of review to forthcoming Treasury regulations....

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...

White House Requests $90 Million Funding for Implementation of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Congress is expected vote on a funding bill this week to avoid a government shutdown. President Trump has requested that $90 million be added to the bill to fund the IRS’s implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This amount falls short of the $397 million that the Treasury Department had estimated it would cost for the IRS to respond to the Act. Read more:  House GOP Scrambles to...

President Trump Signs Tax Bill into Law

President Trump signed the tax bill passed by the House and Senate this morning. The bill will be generally effective beginning January 1, 2018. Read the bill text here.  Read more about the bill’s passage...

House Passes Revised Bill; Senate to Vote as Early as Tonight

The House has passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as revised by the Conference Committee, along party lines. The bill will now go to the Senate, who may vote as early as this evening. Should the bill pass both houses, it will be sent to President Trump to sign into law. Read more:  House Passes Final Tax Bill; Senate Votes Next on Republican...

Congress to Begin Voting on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Today

With the Conference Agreement finalized, the Agreement must be approved by both the House and Senate, and once approved, it will head to President Trump for his signature. The House is expected to vote later today, and the Senate will vote soon afterwards, either today or tomorrow. Read more:  Tax Voting Starts...

Conference Committee Agreement Released for Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

House and Senate Republicans unveiled their collective tax bill with the Conference Report and Agreement early Friday night. The text follows the Senate bill, but resolves differences between the Senate and House bills, and makes modifications and clarifications throughout. Republicans are expected to vote this week. Conference Report and Bill Read more: GOP unveils sweeping 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...

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...

White House Officials State Willingness to Sacrifice Health Care Provision for the Tax Reform Greater Good

The White House Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, indicated that the Trump Administration is willing to strike the health care provision in the Senate’s proposed tax legislation repealing the requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine. Striking this provision would leave the Senate $338 billion short of their revenue goal and would require Republican...

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...

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...

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...

Trump Tempers Tax Reform Timing Expectations

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at an October 16th White House news conference, acknowledged that the tax code rewrite may not occur by year’s end, though the goal remains to accomplish reform in 2017.  With the release of a detailed tax plan still pending, Republicans are faced with disputes regarding how to tax corporations, the fate of the estate tax, and...


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