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Are Pass-Through Businesses the Key to Tax Reform?

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Expectations for tax reform are high. Congressional Republicans have proposed an aggressive “blueprint” outline to create a new structure for taxing the business income from entities such as S corporations, partnerships, and LLCs. This novel approach raises many significant questions, and the answers may hold the key to comprehensive tax reform.

Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL) has been leading on this issue, having previously introduced legislation to establish a separate tax rate structure for these types of businesses. Buchanan shared his thoughts on how such a structure can be designed and implemented and how it fits into the broader tax reform debate. He was followed by a panel of policy experts who debated the issues and ramifications around establishing such a policy.

Keynote Remarks: 

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)  
Senior Member, House Ways and Means Committee

Opening Remarks:

Earl Pomeroy  
Former Representative from North Dakota
Co-Chair, BPC’s American Competitiveness and Job Creation Tax Initiative


Rachelle Bernstein
VP, Tax Counsel, National Retail Federation

Janice Mays
Managing Director, WNTS Tax Policy Service, PwC

Mel Schwarz
Partner, Grant Thornton

Moderated by:

Richard Rubin
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal


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