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WHERE ARE WE? Upon further scrutiny, the bipartisan infrastructure deal announced last week and efforts by the Democrats to raise taxes for the rich and raise safety net programs are no longer explicitly linked.
At least from the point of view of President Joe Biden – he pulled back over the weekend from the idea of not signing the bipartisan agreement without the other initiatives that progressives in particular are seeking.
For the time being, Biden’s declaration defused the situation with the Republicans or at least with important GOP members of this negotiating group. Both Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) went on the Sunday shows to say essentially “no harm, no foul” after Biden reiterated his support for the bipartisan agreement like ours Burgess Everett reported.
Still, Biden can say that his signing of a bipartisan infrastructure agreement does not depend on other large parts of his domestic political agenda becoming law at the same time. But this two-pronged process, as the legislature is now calling the negotiations, will continue to be connected at the hip for the foreseeable future – for example, ask Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
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BACK TO THE BIG STORY OF THE DAY: So the question remains – how much of the rest of Biden’s ambitious agenda could get the Democrats across the finish line.
Sanders launched a platform that would be worth around $ 6 trillion, and he’s not the only one among Democrats to say the party shouldn’t limit itself by insisting that everything be paid for – what After all, it was the place where the Republicans came before the Tax Cut and Employment Act in 2017.
For example, House budget chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) Said the same thing to the Wall Street Journal. And while the Democrats are still figuring out how ambitious they can be on both taxation and spending, they will also try to pass the budget necessary for them to proceed without Republican votes – which in and of itself other than simple task will be, as our Sarah Ferris and Caitlin Emma have just reported.
The man in the middle: Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) – who will have a huge impact on how this question is answered – told ABC’s This Week on Sunday that he wanted a lot of the same things as his fellow Democrats, like a more robust tax credit for children and higher taxes on businesses and capital gains.
He just doesn’t want the same kind of momentum as the progressives, reiterating that he’s more comfortable with a 25 percent corporate rate (rather than the 28 percent preferred by Biden) and advocates a 28 percent top rate on capital gains (rather than possibly drifting into the 40’s).
“If Republicans don’t want to make adjustments to a tax law that I think is weighted and unfair, then I’m ready to go to a reconciliation,” said Manchin.
But crucially, Manchin said here he wasn’t ready to go – to a $ 5 trillion or $ 6 trillion package if the Democrats can only find the offsets for more than $ 2 trillion.
A SUMMARY NOTE: At the moment, practically everything in tax policy seems to be interlinked. So think of this as an early calendar announcement so that you can check back later on a possible year-end tax deal.
To be clear, there is so much in the air about how and how much – not to mention when – Democrats will be able to raise taxes, and that will surely affect any possible push for a December deal That probably none of them would include the pain that would come with tax hikes.
Here’s what’s on the table: Due to the 2017 Tax Act, businesses will face less generous policies on the deduction of interest on their debt and less generous write-offs on research and development costs over the next year.
Some Democrats will certainly be concerned about the R&D changes, if not so much about the higher taxes on corporate interest. But in any case, it seems difficult for them to basically push through more corporate tax cuts for no good reason, especially if the Democrats are still working to raise corporate taxes as well.
One idea floating around on K Street is that the Democrats could request an extension of the monthly child benefit that Biden signed earlier this year to stave off the new treatment of interest and research costs.
The Democrats will certainly seek to expand the expanded child tax deduction as part of budget balancing. But with that different mindset, Democrats could try to save the room in a reconciliation move and get that child loan expansion essentially free at the end of the year, especially since Congress has not paid any tax packages in the past.
Again, let’s be clear about all the possible hurdles. If the Democrats don’t get through the tax hikes by December, that will use up all the oxygen around the hill.
But if it does, then there is certainly a possibility that there may not be enough bipartisan goodwill to create an extender package. (Also, how much desire will there be to be more proactive with extenders? Not to mention, how much of the current chatter is K Street trying to push this towards existence?)
A TWEAK HERE, A TWEAK THERE: President Jair Bolsonaro has scaled back ambitions for a possible revision of Brazil’s income tax, reports Bloomberg. Brazil is working to simplify a very complex tax system where the individual income portion is only part of the problem. But with Bolsonaro running for re-election next year, he’s also trying to make sure the tax system overhaul doesn’t cause too much pain. For example: A 20 percent dividend tax is paired with an exemption for small businesses, while tax breaks for health and education not only save – but also improve. Bolsonaro also urged increasing the number of people who do not pay income taxes. Anyone making less than 1,903 reais a month (around $ 385) is currently tax exempt, and the president has pushed for that threshold to be raised to 2,500 reais – not the 2,400 planned by his economics team. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said the changes will cut taxes for about 30 million Brazilians while keeping the overall tax burden essentially the same.
STAY AWAY: The Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature continue to work to pull back a referendum from last year that raised taxes for the rich to pay for more educational initiatives, The Associated Press reports. Both the Senate and the State House of Representatives approved a budget last week that sets the maximum tax rate on individual income at 4.5 percent, essentially the 3.5 percent surcharge on individual income over $ 250,000 per month Year blocked for single parents and half a million for married couples. The Arizona House then went a step further on Friday and created a new tax category for companies that will also shield many companies from the levy. If the Senate approves, this new category would essentially allow higher earners with income from runaway businesses to pay the same tax rates as other top earners. (Also worth mentioning in view of the events in Washington: The Republicans passed these changes in both chambers with a majority of votes.)
WaPo: “A non-partisan infrastructure agreement could make it more difficult for tax fraudsters to evade the IRS.”
MPs Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) And Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) Propose expanding the affordable housing tax credit.
Oregon is following the lead of the federal government in allowing companies to deduct expenses paid with loans made under the paycheck protection program.
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