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    Constructive Small Business Expensing Bill Introduced

    Representatives Pat Tiberi (R–OH) and Ron Kind (D–WI), both Ways and Means Committee members, have introduced the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4457). This legislation would make permanent section 179 expensing and allow businesses to deduct up to $500,000 annually in expenses incurred buying machinery, equipment, … More

    Heritage’s Macroeconomic Estimate of Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal

    The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis recently completed a preliminary macroeconomic analysis of House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp’s (R–MI) Tax Reform Act of 2014. This draft proposal includes comprehensive tax reform to federal treatment on individual income, business income, and corporate income and is motivated by … More

    Tax Reform at Last?

    Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R) of Michigan jumpstarts the tax reform debate. It’s about time. The tax code stables in Washington haven’t been cleaned out since 1986—more than a quarter century ago, when Ronald Reagan was President. Since then, year after year, the tax code … More

    Baucus Joins International Tax Reform Debate, but His Plan Falls Short

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) released his draft proposal for reforming the tax treatment of multinational businesses. It is a positive step, if overdue, for tax reform. Increasing discussion about tax reform is a welcome step, because the U.S. badly needs to fix the system it … More

    A Constructive First Step to Reform Social Security

    Dave Camp (R–MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has announced a series of hearings on bipartisan entitlement reform proposals, the first of which is using the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Social Security. In advance of these hearings, Camp has issued a request for public input. … More

    Expiration of Trade Preference Program Means Higher Prices

    On July 31, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) expired. GSP is a program that waives tariffs on thousands of products that Americans import from developing countries. In 2012, the program reduced tariffs by $742 million. As House Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp (R–MI) observed, “GSP provides important benefits … More

    Morning Bell: What Did Apple Do Wrong?

    Members of Congress called Apple executives to testify on Capitol Hill yesterday. Why? Because the company makes money overseas, and some Senators want to get their hands on the cash. A Senate subcommittee accused the company of “shifting” profits from the U.S. to other countries and avoiding paying taxes. But … More

    Tax Reform: Ways and Means Committee Takes Another Step

    The House Ways and Means Committee took another necessary step toward tax reform with a report requested from and issued through the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). The report is a thorough reference guide for tax reform. The JCT should be commended for its impressive work. It is an important … More

    Debt Limit and Tax Reform: Both Important, But On Their Own

      Press reports link the coming debt limit debate with the building effort for tax reform. The debt limit and tax reform are both important, but the connection ends there, as it should. Suggestions that some sort of fast-track procedure for tax reform might be the conservative “ask” in exchange … More

    Ways and Means Small Business Tax Reform Proposal a Positive Step

    Under the leadership of Chairman Dave Camp (R–MI), the House Ways and Means Committee released draft legislation for improving the tax treatment of small business. This is an important step forward on the road toward comprehensive tax reform. The special attention Ways and Means focuses on small businesses is truly … More