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Business Groups Endorse Comprehensive Tax Reform

As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction considers tax reform options, a large and diverse group of business associations has written to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees making clear that any effort to reform the tax code must be comprehensive and it must recognize the critical contribution pass-through businesses make to investment and job creation in the United States.

Released on Wednesday, October 12th and signed by 44 business associations, including the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Association of Wholesale Distributors, the Associated General Contractors, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Independent Community

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2019-02-01T20:24:44+00:00October 12, 2011|

Battle Lines on Tax Policy

The President rolled out his latest deficit reduction outline yesterday. As expected, it included several tax recommendations. In sum, the President is calling for an additional $1.5 trillion in tax collections over the next decade, including:

  • Expire Bush Tax Cuts on High Income Earners ($800 billion)
  • Cap Itemized Deductions & Exemptions at 28 percent ($400 billion)
  • Various Loophole Closers ($300 billion)

There are a number of challenges with the list. First, allowing tax provisions already set to expire to, well, expire, doesn’t raise any revenue. It’s already in current law. That $800 billion in savings doesn’t exist.

Second, the President already proposed to use the

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2019-02-01T20:24:45+00:00September 20, 2011|

Super Committee, Tax Reform, and Tax Provisions

Congress returned this week with most people focused on the Super Committee and its prospects for producing a deficit reduction plan by the end of the year.

To recap, the Budget Control Act created a Super Committee of twelve members charged with coming up with at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by the end of the year. How they devise these savings is up to them, but if they fail, we will see $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts equally divided between defense and domestic spending starting in 2013 and spread out over nine years.

For tax wonks, the big question

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2019-02-01T20:24:45+00:00September 7, 2011|

Pass-throughs are b�Silent Majorityb� in Tax Reform Debate

As Washington adjusts its focus towards the new Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, many observers expect the same sort of partisan ideological gridlock that has seized much of the process to this point, but there are those that see a realistic path to a successful compromise by the “super” committee, and they see this scenario reached through some sort of revenue-neutral reform of the tax code. The top tax writers in Congress intend to move forward the tax reform debate this year, through the deficit reduction effort or separately, and have already begun calling corporate CEOs to the table to

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2019-02-01T20:24:45+00:00August 9, 2011|

Chairman Camp Makes the Case for S Corps and Other Pass-Through Businesses

Wednesday’s meeting between House Republicans and the President failed to move the needle on deficit reduction, but it did give the top tax writer in the House an opportunity to deliver a message on tax reform. As Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) stated after the meeting:

“Tax reform done the right way means more economic growth and more jobs. Any path forward for tax reform must be comprehensive to address both the individual and corporate rates. More than half of all business income is earned by pass through entities - most of which are small businesses. We cannot leave them out in

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2019-02-01T20:48:05+00:00June 3, 2011|