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    Reid Throws Major Roadblock in Front of Tax Reform

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has just thrown a roadblock in front of tax reform that could stall the strong momentum that has been building for reform. Reid said that any tax reform plan must raise significant revenue. In other words, he wants tax reform to provide cover for … More

    Internet Sales Tax: Wishful Thinking Can’t Make It Pro-Growth

    A new study argues that the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), better known as the Internet sales tax, would be good for economic growth. But the argument is premised on something that isn’t in the bill. The study says that because the MFA would allow states to enforce their sales … More

    Gandolfini’s Death and the Need to Repeal the Death Tax

    James Gandolfini died of a heart attack last month while traveling in Rome. The Sopranos star was estimated to be worth nearly $70 million, leaving this money to his two children, wife, and two sisters. If the actor’s sudden and untimely death weren’t enough for his grieving family to deal … More

    Phil Gramm’s Excellent Tax Reform Game Plan Has Just One Flaw

    The momentum for tax reform continues to build. Adding to it is former Senator Phil Gramm (R–TX), who wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal laying out a tax reform “game plan” for Congress to follow. Gramm pretty much nails the most important things tax reform must accomplish to … More

    Deficient GAO Report Hurts Tax Reform Efforts

    There is broad consensus that corporate tax reform is necessary to unleash business investment that the currently uncompetitive system prevents. Regrettably, some will use a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the effective tax rates paid by U.S. businesses to slow the growing momentum for reform. The … More

    Baucus–Hatch “Blank Slate” Tax Reform a Positive Step but Too Narrowly Focused

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) and Ranking Member Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) recently proposed a “blank-slate” approach to tax reform. This new effort helps strengthen the growing momentum for tax reform, but it is too narrow to result in the fundamental reform to the tax code … More

    Heritage Briefing: Internet Sales Tax

    With talk heating up for Congress to create an Internet sales tax, Heritage pulled in leading telecommunication and tax experts yesterday for a Capitol Hill briefing on the potential fallout that the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) could have on e-commerce. Katie McAuliffe, federal affairs manager for Americans for Tax … More

    House Republicans Are Right to Focus on Spending Cuts as Part of Debt Ceiling Increase

    This week, the House Republican conference met to discuss what their priority will be in connection with any vote to increase the debt ceiling. This is timely since the current suspension of the debt limit expires tomorrow. According to reports of the Republican House caucus meeting, “Members came away with … 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