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Main Street Hill Briefing

The Parity for Main Street Employers coalition and the S Corporation Association will host a Hill lunch briefing at noon on October 24th in the Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325). The briefing is open to Hill staff and tax professionals, and will focus on the pass-through sector and how it has fared under tax reform.  Speakers include Senator Steve Daines (MT), Marty Sullivan with Tax Analysts, Bob Carroll with EY, and David Winston with the Winston Group.  Box lunches will be provided. You can see the official event flyer here.  To RSVP, please contact us at admin@s-corp.org.

Main Street Hill Briefing2019-10-17T16:08:54+00:00

Grading the TCJA, Two Years Later

The American Enterprise Institute has a new“Trump Tax Reform Blog” series on its website.  Over the next month, tax policy folks from both sides will weigh in on the reform and whether it’s working.  You can read the current posts here. Our invitation to comment must have got lost in the mail, but no worries, it’s a brave new world and we can comment anyway.  Here’s our report: Has the TCJA helped American workers and businesses with additional economic growth?  Such questions are impossible to answer with absolute certainty, since we will never know what the economy would have done ...

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Grading the TCJA, Two Years Later2019-09-27T17:05:23+00:00

Perception v. Reality on Tax Rates

Here’s a conundrum.  A recent poll revealed that 76 percent of Americans support increasing taxes on the “wealthy,” while sixty-one percent support the wealth tax proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, which is like an income tax, only at ridiculously high rates. But polls also show Americans consistently oppose high tax rates, even on the wealthy.  This summer, for example, the Winston Group asked registered voters: “For each of the following, what is the maximum rate at which you think they should be taxed?”  ...[T]he average responses were all consistently low, ranging from a high of 31 percent for the wealthy ...

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Perception v. Reality on Tax Rates2019-09-09T15:44:51+00:00

Failure of High Marginal Rates

Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office produced a report reviewing tax rates on labor income since 1962 that includes some important lessons for tax policy folks. The first lesson is that nothing replaces a really cool chart.  Take this heat map, for example.  What a great way to convey a lot of information all at once.  If you’re a taxpayer, the simple way to view it is lighter colors good, darker colors baaad. Our second lesson is how much more progressive the tax code has become since the 1960s.  Back then, nearly everybody paid statutory rates between 16 and ...

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Failure of High Marginal Rates2019-08-28T16:43:54+00:00

Treasury on 199A Guardrails

Remember this JCT chart from earlier this year?  It garnered lots of attention and called into question how the 199A pass-through deduction was structured.  If only 9 percent of all pass-through income was disqualified from getting the deduction, what was the point of having all those complicated rules? We wondered about the estimate at the time, as it didn’t comport with our member’s experience.  In our S-CORP survey this year, only half of our members expected to get the full deduction, while rest expected just a partial deduction or no deduction at all.  How was it possible the excluded income ...

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Treasury on 199A Guardrails2019-08-28T16:37:54+00:00