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Are Pass-Through Businesses the Key to Tax Reform?

KEYWORDS: LIVE NOW, 115TH CONGRESS

WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: 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
@VernBuchanan

Opening Remarks:

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

Panelists:

Rachelle Bernstein
VP, Tax Counsel, National Retail Federation

Janice Mays
Managing Director, WNTS Tax Policy Service, PwC
@Janicemays_

Mel Schwarz
Partner, Grant Thornton

Moderated by:

Richard Rubin
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
@RichardRubinDC