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The Importance of NSBA’s Lawsuit

The House Financial Services Committee held a markup yesterday to consider twelve pieces of legislation. Notably absent was the Protecting Small Business Information Act (H.R. 4035), a bill to delay the Corporate Transparency Act’s January 1, 2024 effective date. The Main Street business community recently voiced its support for that legislation and had hoped to see it taken up by the panel.

The Committee’s failure to act raises two key points.

First, it is obvious House and Senate leaders are unaware of the political backlash coming their way if and when the CTA goes into full effect. By Treasury’s own

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2023-09-21T16:32:15+00:00September 21, 2023|

Talking Taxes in a Truck Episode 30: George Callas on Moore: Will the SCOTUS Upend the Tax Code?

How far will the Supreme Court go when it takes up Moore later this year? Will the IRS need to start writing refund checks? Is the entire pass-through regime in jeopardy? Can civil society survive?  To answer these questions, we’re joined by repeat podcast guest and S-Corp ally George Callas, EVP of Public Finance at Arnold Ventures and a long-time respected voice in the Capitol Hill tax policy world. George breaks down the 2017 tax law, what the suit alleges, and what’s at stake for S corporations and investors alike.

This episode of the Talking Taxes in a Truck podcast was recorded on

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2023-09-16T14:59:12+00:00September 16, 2023|

Hitting the “Pause” Button on the CTA

With the Corporate Transparency Act’s new reporting requirements set to take effect beginning January 1st, Main Street is asking Congress to pump the brakes on this ill-conceived law.  

letter signed by more than 80 trade associations — including NFIB, the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, and the Real Estate Roundtable – calls on Congress to enact the Protecting Small Business Information Act of 2023 (H.R. 4035). Authored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry, the legislation would delay implementation of the CTA until Treasury finishes the necessary rulemaking process, giving affected businesses much-needed relief from the poorly conceived and drafted rules. As the letter states: 

Your legislation

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2023-09-12T13:03:49+00:00September 12, 2023|

Our SALT Parity Campaign Back in the News

Richard Rubin is out with a new piece in the Wall Street Journal that highlights just how successful our SALT Parity efforts have been. The article centers on an upcoming Tax Policy Center analysis which finds these reforms save businesses $15-20 billion each year, double what the Journal estimated last year.

As longtime readers know, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) imposed a $10,000 cap on the amount of state and local tax (SALT) deductions taxpayers can claim on their federal return. While C corporations were exempted from the cap, most pass-through businesses owners were subjected to

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2023-08-29T14:59:48+00:00August 29, 2023|

Section 199A Reality Check

Chuck Marr, who heads up tax policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, took to Twitter recently to slam the Section 199A deduction. It’s a perfect example of the empty rhetoric deployed by critics of the provision:

There’s a lot to unpack here so we’ll start from the top. First, Marr is correct that pass-through businesses do not pay the corporate tax – they pay tax at individual rates.

These days, that’s a critical distinction, as the 37-percent top individual rate is well above the 21-percent corporate rate.  So are

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2023-08-17T17:52:24+00:00August 17, 2023|