Federal Tax Reform – Key Points to Watch

Tax reform in the next big agenda issue for the White House and Republicans. The new health care discussion has pushed the release of some of the key points and details of the tax reform package on the backburner until Obamacare is repealed or the Republicans efforts are finally put to rest.

The tax reform package is going to include tax cuts for businesses and possibly to the individual’s rates.

In terms of the details of the individual tax cuts:

  • The current seven brackets would be collapsed into three: paying 35%, 25% and 12%.
  • Lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%.
  • Possibly eliminate the Estate Tax.

The White House is doing more to engage conservatives. The White House has been hosting conservative groups in order to get them on board early, so there is not a collapse from the base, like the April House Healthcare vote. However, many Senate Republicans, like Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, are claiming that the “Big Six” tax reform details will be advisory and that the Senate is likely to change things up. With the White House wanting Tax Reform done before the years’ end, or early 2018, Senate Republicans will try to prioritize the big tax issues.

With the plethora of ideas in the Republican’s conference on taxes, the issue may lag until the second quarter of 2018, just months before the midterms, rumor is the plan will look like this:

  • Current seven income tax brackets collapsed to three
  • Top individual tax rate cut from 39.6 to 35.
  • C Corps tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.
  • Cut the top tax rate for S-Corps from 39.6 percent to 25 percent.
At National REIA we will continue to engage on this issue, communicating real developments as they take place – and helping our members see through the smoke and mirrors DC intrigue played out on the national stage