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CBO Report Finds Steep Cost of Extending TCJA Tax Provisions: On May 8, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report at the request of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Budget Committee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) titled “Budgetary Outcomes Under Alternative Assumptions About Spending and Revenues.” The report found that extending the individual tax provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA, Pub. L. 115-97) would increase the federal deficit by an estimated $3.8 trillion over the next 10 years, which includes an estimated $467 billion in interest payments. Furthermore, the CBO found that also extending the TCJA’s business tax provisions and gift and estate exemptions would increase the overall cost to $4.6 trillion.

Some House Republicans Purportedly Open to Raising Corporate Tax Rate: At a business industry event on May 8, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) noted that some prominent Republicans have signaled an openness to raising the corporate tax rate, suggesting a potential area for bipartisan consensus in the broader conversation on tax policy in 2025. Republican interest in raising the corporate tax rate may stem from the federal debt and budget projections as well as a political reaction to social policies advanced by some large corporations. Were consensus to solidify on a corporate rate increase, it would likely serve as a key revenue raiser to advance expiring provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Treasury Department, IRS Issue Regulations on Foreign Trust Reporting Rules: On May 7, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations on information reporting on foreign trust and gift transactions and foreign trust loans. The proposed regulations loosen requirements imposed by earlier guidance on this issue, and provide that a taxpayer may be exempt from filing Forms 3520 or 3520-A for tax-favored foreign retirement accounts if they meet a value threshold of $600,000 or an increased annual contribution limit of $75,000. The proposed regulations are open for public comment through July 8, and a hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

On May 7, the Tax Foundation released a paper titled “Options for Navigating the 2025 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Expirations,” in which it argues for the extension of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act policies that promote the most economic growth through two proposals. The first would retain full immediate expensing of machinery and equipment investments, among other cost recovery measures, while letting the 20% Section 199A passthrough deduction expire and eliminating all itemized deductions. The second proposal adds measures to lower income tax rates and reintroduces a fully refundable child tax credit.

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