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Trump Not Looking to Phase in Corporate Tax Cut

Trump Not Looking to Phase in Corporate Tax Cut

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 02:15 PM

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “some people have mentioned” phasing in a proposed corporate tax-rate cut as part of broad tax-overhaul legislation that’ll be released Wednesday, but “we’re not looking at that.”

“Hopefully not,” Trump said. “It’s something, some people have mentioned that. But hopefully not.”

Trump’s comments came at the beginning of a meeting with various business interest groups that included the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers, according to a list made available by the White House. No new details of the tax legislation -- scheduled for a public unveiling Wednesday -- emerged during the session, according to one person who attended, who asked not to be named because the meeting was private.

Trump also said he wants to sign the bill by Christmas, but “hopefully before.”

Trump and Republican congressional leaders want to cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent. On Monday, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee told Bloomberg News that the panel was discussing phasing in that cut over five years, a schedule that would see the rate reach 20 percent in 2022. But that plan wasn’t final, said the member, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

Asked about the matter on Monday, Representative Kevin Brady, the committee’s chairman said leaders prefer not to phase in the cut -- though he didn’t rule it out. “We want to get the growth up front,” he said.

Republicans on the Ways and Means panel met Monday and again Tuesday to hammer out the details of a tax bill they plan to release Wednesday. In addition to the corporate tax-rate cut, the bill would consolidate the number of existing seven individual tax brackets to three or four. It would also create a new top tax rate for certain “pass-through” business income from partnerships and limited liability companies -- 25 percent, down from as much as 39.6 percent currently.

The tax writers are struggling to find enough revenue to help the tax package adhere to the 2018 budget Congress adopted this month. That budget would allow the legislation to add no more than $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit -- before accounting for any economic growth that might result.

In that context, the notion of phasing in the corporate rate cut has emerged in discussions.

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President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was not looking for the corporate tax rate reduction that the White House is seeks to be phased in over time.
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