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Main Street Supports 199A Permanence

More than 80 business groups signed on to support legislation making permanent the 20-percent pass-through deduction (Section 199A). The bill was sponsored by Steve Daines (R-MT) in the Senate and Jason Smith (R-MO) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) in the House.

The 199A deduction was a key part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted in 2017. The deduction was designed to balance out the tax treatment of pass-through businesses with the lower, 21-percent tax rate paid by C corporations. As our EY study from the time made clear, the deduction works to help level the playing field, but only for those

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2021-02-26T15:46:24+00:00February 26, 2021|

Talking Taxes in a Truck Episode 8 – “Process is as Important!”

Tori Gorman, Policy Director for The Concord Coalition, joins our podcast to discuss the intricacies of the budget reconciliation process, its role in moving the latest Covid relief package, whether policies like a $15 minimum wage can be advanced through reconciliation, and what the upcoming fights over process mean for the tax outlook in 2021.

Our latest “Talking Taxes in a Truck” podcast was recorded on February 22, 2021, and runs 28 minutes long.

Editor’s Note: At 1:15, Brian incorrectly describes Tori’s past role at the Senate Budget Committee as “Counsel.” Her title on the committee was “Parliamentarian.”


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2021-02-25T17:20:09+00:00February 25, 2021|

COVID Bill Signals Tax Hikes to Come

With impeachment over, congressional Democrats are turning their attention to their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. House committees spent prior weeks marking up pieces of the bill, which will be consolidated into a single “reconciliation” package by the Budget Committee today and then considered by the full House later this week.

For the Main Street business community, the process here is as important as the policy.  The congressional majority chose to use reconciliation to move their COVID relief package, which raises several issues worth highlighting.

Senate Rules Under Pressure

The primary benefit of using reconciliation in the Senate is the ability to pass

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2021-02-22T16:54:50+00:00February 22, 2021|

Business Community Rallies to Defend NOL Relief

On February 2nd – Groundhog Day, appropriately enough – dozens of Senators and Representatives called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to retroactively repeal the net operating loss (NOL) relief included in last year’s CARES Act.

Their letter claims the NOL relief was a “special-interest” giveaway that was “tucked” into the CARES Act.  Neither of these claims is true, as made clear in the most recent business community letter released today and signed by more than 80 trade associations.  The provision was requested by the business community, it was widely discussed and understood prior to

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2021-02-05T19:02:17+00:00February 5, 2021|

Bloomberg Is Wrong About Tax Rates

Where does fairness lie? At a time when Main Street is struggling to stay open while Wall Street flies high, you might be surprised that Bloomberg thinks it’s private companies organized as S corporations and partnerships that have the advantage, at least when it comes to taxes.

The Bloomberg story at issue reviewed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and whether it lived up to the promises made by its sponsors, including the goal of balancing out the tax treatment of private and public companies. Here’s the key graph:

“Just in

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2021-02-01T16:59:46+00:00February 1, 2021|