Tag Archives: Tax Reform

Tax-Writers, Treasury Talk Tax Reform

Legislative Activity Pressing Forward with Tax Reform Prior to last week’s Memorial Day recess, both the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees held hearings, which focused on the state of tax reform. First, in their hearings reviewing the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal, tax-writers focused on various issues, including: (1) the timing and … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Huddle Up as Trump Releases Tax Principles

Legislative Activity House Tax-Writers Hold Two-Day Meeting on Tax Reform Today, Monday, May 1, House Ways and Means Committee Republicans will continue their two-day meeting to reach a consensus on tax reform – a task that comes amidst the release of the Trump Administration’s tax reform principles (discussed further below). As senior House tax-writer Devin … Continue Reading

Brady’s BAT Battle; Trump Takes on Tax Reform

Legislative Activity Brady May Be Open to “Significant Modifications” on BAT as the Trump Administration Takes More Active Role in the Tax Reform Debate As the health care reform debate continues to unfold, congressional tax-writers are preparing to move forward swiftly with their tax reform efforts. Though House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has … Continue Reading

It’s Tax Reform’s Turn

Legislative Activity Time for Tax Reform? With the GOP’s healthcare reform efforts having fallen apart, Members and staff from the House Ways and Means Committee will likely now turn their full time and attention to another key priority: tax reform. See our analysis of the current landscape here. This Week’s Hearings: On Tuesday, March 28, the House … Continue Reading

First Quarter Tax Reform Update

Legislative Activity The House With the 115th Congress entering month three, tax reform continues to be a focal point of the political debate in Washington. Intent to move forward with their tax reform “Blueprint” released in June 2016, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and other tax-writers have … Continue Reading

Tax Reform Talks Continue as “Tax Dodging” in Democrats’ Crosshairs

Legislative Activity Corporate “Tax Dodging” in Spotlight as Tax Reform Timing in Question It is becoming increasingly clear that the timing of tax reform is largely tied to what happens with the House Blueprint. Assuming the proposal moves forward largely as is, the House is aiming to wrap up debate and successfully enact tax reform by … Continue Reading

Senate Begins to Focus on Tax Reform, Set to Take Up Mnuchin Nomination

Legislative Activity Senate Starts Talking Tax Reform, Advances Mnuchin Nomination As House tax-writers continue to move forward with their tax reform “Blueprint” – and work to address a myriad of concerns that have arisen (i.e., border adjustability) – various Senate Finance Committee Members last week began to lay the groundwork for their approach to tax … Continue Reading

GOP Leaders Discuss Timing of Tax Reform; Clarity May Be Needed on New Treasury Regs

Legislative Activity GOP Sets Out Timeline for Tax Reform Last week, Republican lawmakers traveled to Philadelphia for a retreat to discuss their priorities for the 115th Congress.  Among the top priorities for the GOP: tax reform. According to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House will turn its full time and attention to tax reform … Continue Reading

Questions Over GOP Tax Reform Proposal Emerge; Acting Treasury Secretary Named

Legislative Activity Border Adjustability in the Spotlight Though healthcare and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act have thus far been the primary focus of the tax-writing committees this Congress, policymakers are still continuing to move forward with tax reform. Among the proposals in the House Republicans’ tax reform “Blueprint” receiving the most attention in recent weeks … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Gear Up to Release Proposals; Treasury Response to Concerns Over Section 385 Regs Unclear

Legislative Activity Coming Soon: The GOP’s Tax Reform “Blueprint” With House Republicans expected to roll out their comprehensive tax “blueprint” this month – and lawmakers set to leave Washington on Friday, June 24 – it is likely that we will see the proposal released this week. It is quite possible, however, that the final product may … Continue Reading

Congressional Tax Reform Efforts Carry On, as Section 385 and BEPS Issues in Focus for the Administration

Legislative Activity Tax Reform Discussions Persist, Proposals Due Out This Month House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) remains focused on efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax Code and is expected to release his tax reform “blueprint” this month. He recently stated that he anticipates continuing to concentrate efforts on the blueprint “through … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Press on with Tax Reform Proposals; Treasury to Have “Intense” Comment Period on Section 385 Regulations

Legislative Activity As June Nears, Tax-Writers Press Forward with Tax Reform Proposals Following last week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing to discuss Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) “corporate integration” proposal as relates to the pros and cons of a dividends paid deduction regime, this week, on Tuesday, May 24, the Committee will hold its second in a … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers to Examine Tax Reform Proposals, May Move on Tax Extenders

Legislative Activity House Tax-Writers Continue Moving Forward with Work on Tax Reform This week, on Wednesday, April 13, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy will hold a hearing to continue the Committee’s efforts to examine “fundamental tax reform proposals.” In March, Ways and Means Committee members examined legislative proposals related to cash-flow … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Likely to Debate Highway Funding, Vote on Inversions-Related Amendment

Legislative Activity Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working Groups Release Reports Last week, on Tuesday, July 8, the Senate Finance Committee released the long-awaited reports from its five bipartisan Tax Reform Working Groups, which were formed to “spur congressional comprehensive tax reform efforts in the 114th Congress.” The groups focused on: (1) Individual Income Tax; … Continue Reading

New Member of Ways and Means Appointed; Talk of Tax Reform Continues

Legislative Activity Representative Dold Appointed to Ways and Means While his selection has not yet been formally approved, it was announced that Representative Bob Dold (R-IL) will fill the seat on the House Ways and Means Committee that was vacated when former Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) stepped down last month. Representative Dold, who was originally … Continue Reading

Republicans Focus on Small Businesses, Democrats Target Tax “Loopholes”; Lawmakers Introduce Highway Funding Proposals

Legislative Activity Republicans Focus on Small Businesses, Democrats Target Tax “Loopholes” Following a busy week for tax-writers – which included several hearings on “Tax Day” to address tax reform and the potential impact on small businesses – there is growing discussion about the possibility of pursuing business-only tax reform. To that end, Senate Finance Committee … Continue Reading

House, Senate to Vote on FY 2016 Budget Resolutions; Ways and Means Committee to Hold Markup

Legislative Activity House, Senate to Vote on FY 2016 Budget Resolutions Last week, both the House and Senate Budget Committees approved their respective FY 2016 Budget Resolutions. On the House side, Republicans are using their FY 2016 Budget Resolution to push for comprehensive tax reform that reduces individual and corporate tax rates and eliminates the … Continue Reading

Congress to Focus on Budget, Economic Report; Lawmakers to Discuss Fairness in the tax Code

Legislative Activity President’s Budget, Economic Report in Focus This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is scheduled to testify before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees about President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget Request. On Tuesday, March 3, Secretary Lew, along with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Consider Tax Policy’s Impact on the Economy; Treasury May Release Anti-Inversion Guidance in 2015

Legislative Activity White House Sends Economic Report to Congress On February 19, the White House released the Economic Report of the President, together with the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisors. In the report, the Administration weighs the merits of various approaches to tax reform, including repealing the corporate income tax, cutting the … Continue Reading

Hatch, Ryan Announce Priorities for Tax Writing Committees

Legislative Activity Hatch, Ryan Announce Priorities for Tax Writing Committees Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced their committees’ priorities for the 114th Congress. With respect to tax reform, Chairman Hatch indicated that any overhaul of the tax Code must make it … Continue Reading

Early Outlook for Tax Activity in Congress; House Leadership Releases Proposal to Require Dynamic Scoring

Legislative Activity Early Outlook for Tax Activity in Congress As Congress returns to Washington, tax writers will prepare to move forward on several different fronts.  As anticipated in our prior coverage, lawmakers were able to pass tax extenders legislation before the 113th Congress adjourned. The legislation, however, only provided a one-year retroactive extension of the … Continue Reading

Ways and Means Marks Up Six More Tax Bills, Expected to Continue Work on Extenders Through Summer

Legislative Activity Ways and Means Marks Up Six More Tax Bills, Expected to Continue Work on Extenders Through Summer On May 29, the House Ways and Means Committee held a markup of six bills (four extenders and two new provisions) seeking to make the following tax provisions permanent: (1) conservation contributions; (2) IRA distributions; (3) … Continue Reading
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