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3-(Mis)Statements About Tax Reform

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, With the passage of the Tax Cut And Jobs Act on Wednesday, I wanted to address a few of the questions and misinformation currently circulating about the impact of tax cuts on the U.S. economy. Over the last couple of months, I have been repeatedly asked why I am […]


House Passes Trump Tax Plan For Second Time

Update: In a vote that almost exactly mirrored yesterday's results, the House once again passed the final Trump tax bill – formerly known as the conference agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – by a vote of 224-201. As the Financial Times pointed out, "the vote gives the president a longed-for legislative victory […]


House Passes Trump Tax Plan For Second Time With Only 1 Republican Voting Against

Update: In a vote that almost exactly mirrored yesterday's results, the House once again passed the final Trump tax bill – formerly known as the conference agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – by a vote of 232-190. The only difference was that only one Republican voted against the bill during its second […]


Watch Live: House Holds Second Vote On Tax-Reform Plan

The House of Representatives is voting for the second time on the final version of the Republican tax-reform plan. If the bill passes and is signed into law by President Donald Trump, it would be the first piece of comprehensive tax reform in 31 years. Watch it live below: Democrats, who have nicknamed the bill […]


Senate Tax Debacle: Certain Pass-Through Entities Face Marginal Tax Rates Over 100% Under Current Bill

As the House and Senate continue to try to reconcile their two versions of a tax plan, the taxing structure for pass-through entities (s-corps, LLC’s, etc.) continues to be somewhat controversial, if not completely nonsensical. As we pointed out last week, the Senate bill somewhat randomly chose to exclude pass-through entities organized as family trusts […]


Does Trump’s Tax Plan Single Out Family Trusts As A Way To Subsidize Corporate Tax Cuts?

According to an analysis from the Tax Policy Center, the Senate’s recently passed tax plan will increase the after-tax income of folks in every income bracket.  Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and plenty of arguments to be had between the Left and Right over how the tax savings scraps should be divvied […]


Republican Leaders Consider 22% Corporate Rate: WaPo

With Republican leaders still frantically scrambling to find last-minute fixes in their tax-reform plan that will help win over moderate Republicans and deficit hawks who could create problems during the reconciliation process, the Washington Post is reporting that Republican leaders are considering a deal to roll back the corporate rate to 22%. Rumors that Republicans […]


Stockman: Debt, Taxes, Growth, And The GOP Con Job

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, During more than four decades in Washington and on Wall Street it is quite possible that we never picked up any useful skills. But along the way we did unavoidably acquire what amounts to a survival tool in those fair precincts – namely, a nose for the con job. And what a […]


David Stockman Slams The GOP Tax Bill: “Fuggedaboutit!!”

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, The GOP has become so politically desperate that they might as well enact a two-word statute and be done with it. It would simply read: Tax Bill! Actually, that's not far from where they are in the great scheme of things. The Senate Finance Committee's bill is a dog's breakfast […]


Forget The Bogus Republican “Reform”: Here’s What Real Tax Reform Would Look Like

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The point is to end the current system in which billionaires get all the privileges and financial benefits of owning assets in the U.S. but don't pay taxes that are proportional to the benefits they extract. As has been widely noted, the Republicans' proposed "tax reform" is […]


How Central Banks Widen Wealth And Income Gaps

Authored by Hal Snarr via The Mises Institute, The Federal Reserve’s latest Survey of Consumer Finances, according to Federal Reserve Governor Brainard, shows that the share of income held by the top 1 percent of households has risen from 17 percent in 1988 to 24 percent in 2015, and that the wealth held by that […]


An Army Of Lobbyists Is Coming To Kill Tax Reform

Having sworn themselves to secrecy, Republicans on the House Ways and Means committee are scrambling to put together a tax bill by next week. But not knowing anything about the details of the plan, as it stands right now, hasn’t stopped an army of lobbyists from mobbing Capitol Hill with one overweening mission: To threaten, […]


Trump Tax Plan On Verge Of Disaster Amid Corker Feud, Paul Rejection

Now that President Trump’s simmering feud with Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has exploded into the open, it appears that Republicans’ odds of passing tax reform before the White House’s self-imposed year-end deadline are growing slimmer by the day, and according to Cowen analyst Chris Krueger, "tax reform is dead, full stop." And with the administration […]


“It Won’t Pass” – Larry Fink, Warren Buffett Blast Trump’s Tax Reform Plan

In the week that’s passed since the White House unveiled its tax-reform plan, Republicans and Democrats have expressed their reservations about the proposal, particularly after an analysis from the non-partisan Tax Policy Center suggested that taxes would rise over the coming ten years for most members of the middle class if the proposal were passed […]


“Credit Negative For U.S. Government”: Moody’s Threatens Downgrade If Trump Tax Plan Is Passed

As various institutions continue to publish very detailed estimates of how Trump’s tax plan will impact the federal budget, which is somewhat amazing since income brackets haven’t even been assigned yet, Moody’s published a note today threatening to finally strip the U.S. of its AAA credit rating if the tax plan is ultimately passed as […]