Donald Trump and tax reform in America

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a member of the so-called Big Six group negotiating a tax overhaul, also panned the idea of taxing 401 (k) contributions to raise revenue - though he noted he wanted to see a final package to understand any impact.

According to the source in the room, Brady told his Republican colleagues that the goal is for the House and Senate to complete the budget process by mid-October, adding that the budget was the "runway to land" tax reform. During Wednesday's meeting, the president said his focus would be on lowering taxes for businesses to about 15 percent and boosting the middle class through tax cuts.

"More and more we're trying to work things out together", Trump said, calling the development a "positive thing" for both parties. And we are now confident that, without transitioning to a new domestic consumption-based tax system, there is a viable approach for ensuring a level playing field between American and foreign companies and workers, while protecting American jobs and the USA tax base.

Trump administration officials and Republican leaders have been working on provisions for a tax reform bill.

Congressional Republicans aim to release more details about their still-evolving plan later this month.

Despite all the unanswered questions, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) suggested Wednesday that he still believes Congress can get tax reform done by the end of the year, and Republicans are betting that the way forward is to just press ahead and ignore the obvious and unsettled disagreements.

The long list of difficulties has led some analysts to conclude that Congress is likelier to settle on straightforward tax cuts than on full-blown reform - if it passes anything at all.

"Can you find 50 lucid members in the Senate?" Keith says Amazon's decision "is akin to a second 'public offering, ' which means you've got a chance to tap into a move being made that sets the company up for another decade or more of outrageous profits for investors".

The Big Six is preparing to release its framework on September 25, a release that will sound the starting gun for Hatch's panel and the House Ways and Means Committee to produce tax reform legislation that is now expected in October.

Manchin says he does not expect the plan would target popular tax deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving. The plan is to grandfather existing debt and provide exemptions to small businesses and agriculture, he said. "We did a face plant on that exact logic", Brat said.

They're not saying no to tax cuts, just demanding that they be paid for and actually benefit people who need the help. And since the budget is not expected to be finalized until mid-October, the tax bill won't be ready until last October or early November.

Many GOP lawmakers are hungry for details about the upcoming tax plan.

Ryan's comments signaling possible retreat on a core GOP commitment came amid quickening action on taxes, which Republicans view as their last, best chance to notch a significant accomplishment to take to voters in the 2018 midterm elections following the collapse of their "Obamacare" repeal drive. He's still hoping for a 15-percent rate "because that will bring us", he said, to a level similar to that of China and other countries.

As long as there has been a federal income tax, taxpayers have been able to deduct most of the state and local taxes they pay from earnings subject to Uncle Sam's grasp.

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