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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

    Congress Sends a Criminal Referral to Eric Holder

    Rep. Dave Camp (R–Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has sent a 14-page letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to act on the committee’s findings that, in relation to the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations, Lois Lerner may have broken federal law. The letter, released … More

    How to Fix the Absurd U.S. Tax System

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., recently jump-started 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

    Cloakroom: October 28 – November 1

    House  Analysis: This week the House may consider two bills that would amend Dodd-Frank, the Retail Investor Protection Act and the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act.  On October 30, conferees from the House and Senate will meet to begin conferencing the House and Senate farm bills. Major Floor Action: H.R. 2374 – Retail Investor Protection … More

    IRS’s Lois Lerner Finally Loses Her Taxpayer-Funded Paycheck

    The IRS has announced the retirement of Lois Lerner, one of the key officials at the center of the scandal over the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups that had applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner, the former head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations office, had been on … 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

    Stop Blaming the Victims for the Misdeeds of the IRS

    What’s more outrageous than the IRS scandal? Pointing the finger at the victims. That’s exactly what Representative Jim McDermott (D–WA) did last week. Leaders of six targeted groups testified before the House Ways and Means Committee to shine light on their interactions with the IRS. In response to testimony that … 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

    House Makes Case for Improving Foster Care and Adoption

    Today, many foster children languish in a system that can often become a “trap door” rather than a means to a stable home. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing last Wednesday on how to boost adoptions from foster care. Part of the problem with … More