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Business Community Rallies around 199A Permanence Bill

More than 100 business groups came out in support today of new legislation to make permanent the 20-percent pass-through deduction. Introduced by Senator Steve Daines (MT), the "Main Street Certainty Act of 2019" -- S. 1149 -- is the companion bill to H.R. 216, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Jason Smith (MO) and Henry Cuellar (TX) in the House of Representatives. The new, 20-percent deduction was a key part of the big tax reform bill enacted back 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 ...

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Business Community Rallies around 199A Permanence Bill2019-04-11T15:43:21+00:00

Tax Policy on the Table for September

Members of Congress are back home and set to return mid-September for a final three week session before the November elections. Add in two or three weeks of possible "lame duck" session, and that's the extent of time available to tax writers to address the numerous items on their honey-do list: Preventing the 2011 tax hikes (including AMT); Adopting the small business tax bill; Extending the extenders that expired last year; Extending the extenders that will expire this year; and Something on the estate tax. Given that these issues have been before Congress the entire year, it's difficult to conceive ...

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Tax Policy on the Table for September2019-02-04T15:47:04+00:00

Private Enterprise and Jobs

A recent Washington Times article by Mike Whalen, chief executive of Heart of America Restaurants and Inns, should give policymakers pause as they worry about weak job growth while simultaneously piling one tax on top of another onto job-creating companies. Using 2008 numbers, Whalen runs through all the taxes a single 100-room limited service hotel located in Iowa pays: For starters, we pay property taxes to the tune of about $199,000 annually. Next, there is a 7 percent "pillow tax" that generates about $162,000 annually. Then we pay a 6 percent sales tax on revenue that yields about $124,000 annually. ...

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Private Enterprise and Jobs2019-02-06T17:21:00+00:00

The Skinny on the Jobs Bill

So we're still trying to figure out what happened between Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon last week. On Thursday morning, the Senate Finance Committee released an $84 billion "Jobs" bill draft with all the expected items included -- jobs provisions, tax extenders, unemployment and COBRA extensions, etc. That same afternoon, Senator Reid rejected that approach and offered a "skinny" $15 billion bill instead. He called up the House-passed Jobs bill, offered his skinny package as an amendment, filled the amendment tree, and filed cloture on the new package. The skinny bill includes the Schumer-Hatch payroll tax credit, Section 179 expensing ...

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The Skinny on the Jobs Bill2019-02-06T17:21:00+00:00

Jobs Bill on Senate Floor Next Week

Senate leadership has committed to taking up a Jobs bill next week. The details of the package are still being worked out, but the list released by the Senate Democrats includes: Job Creation tax credit UI and Cobra Extensions Bonus depreciation and 179 expensing Highway funding Build America Bonds SBA loans Export Promotion Some energy related tax items Although it's not mentioned, we do expect the tax extenders to also be part on the mix. On the other hand, an estate tax fix is not likely to be included. Senator Reid told reporters that he still plans to move legislation ...

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Jobs Bill on Senate Floor Next Week2019-02-06T17:21:00+00:00