Ways and Means GOP, White House Crafting Tax Cuts 2.0 Outline

House Republicans and the Trump Administration are working together to craft a tax cuts “2.0” outline, the House’s top tax writer has said. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters earlier this week that House tax writers and the White House are currently working to finalize the “framework.”

Tax Cuts 2.0

Additionally, Brady reiterated to reporters that he plans to hold listening sessions with other House Republicans to gather ideas for the tax package. The legislative outline is expected to be circulated among House lawmakers this month and released generally in August. A House floor vote on the package is anticipated this fall.

Individual Tax Cuts

The tax reform “phase two” package will focus on making permanent the individual tax cuts enacted temporarily through 2025 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97). Extending the individual tax cuts will be the “centerpiece” of the next package, Brady has said.

Impact.  “Making the TCJA’s expiring individual tax code changes permanent would result in a larger economy in the long run,” the Tax Foundation said in a report released on July 10. According to the report, a “small, positive” economic impact is expected during 2019 through 2028. “In the long run, making all individual tax provisions permanent will lead to 2.2 percent higher long-run GDP, 0.9 percent higher wages, and 1.5 million more full-time equivalent jobs,” the report said.

However, the economic boost would not arrive without being accompanied by an increased federal deficit, according to the report. “Making these provisions permanent will also increase the deficit, reducing federal revenues by $638 billion ($575 billion on a dynamic basis) over the 10-year budget window and in the long run, reduce federal revenue on an annual basis by $165 billion ($112 billion on a dynamic basis).”

Corporate Tax Cuts

Additionally, Republicans are “thinking about bringing the 21 percent [corporate tax rate] down to 20,” President Trump said in a recent interview. The corporate tax rate was permanently lowered from 35 to 21 percent under the TCJA.

Senate

At this time, the prospect of the House’s tax cuts 2.0 package clearing the Senate remains unlikely. Currently, the phase two measure would need at least nine Democratic votes to clear the chamber. Democrats have remained critical of the TCJA and are not expected on Capitol Hill to support legislative efforts to extend the new law’s provisions.

By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff

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