What’s In the House Bill
INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX PROVISIONS
Impose a 5% surtax on income above $10 million, and a 3% surtax on income above $25 million
After initially proposing a higher top marginal income tax rate and higher capital gains taxes, House lawmakers are instead proposing a surtax on all reported income above $10 million—including wages, dividends, and capital gains.
How the Democrats’ New Millionaire Surtax Would Work
A Reluctant Defense of the Surtax
Leonard E. Burman
Making permanent the full refundability of the child tax credit
For 2021, the American Rescue Plan increased the size of the child tax credit, instituted advanced monthly payments for eligible households, and made the credit fully refundable. The House proposal would make full refundability permanent while extending some of the other enhancements.
Keeping Child Tax Credit Fully Refundable Is Critical to Low-Income Families
An Expanded Child Tax Credit Would Reduce Child Poverty to Below 10 Percent in Nearly All States
Who Has Received Advance Child Tax Credit Payments, and How Were the Payments Used
Michael Karpman, Elaine Maag, Genevieve M. Kenney, and Douglas A. Wissoker
Restricting the aggressive use of “Mega” IRAs to avoid taxes
Under current law, high-income taxpayers can, legally, amass mega-IRAs by maxing out contributions to various retirement plans and later rolling them over to IRAs. The House bill limits the balances that can accumulate in IRAs.
Mega IRAs Reflect Mega Legislative Mistakes
Increasing the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions
The TCJA capped the SALT deduction at $10,000 for individuals. The latest House proposal would raise the cap to $80,000 after an initial $72,500 proposal.
The Latest SALT Cap Fix Would Mostly Benefit High Income Households, Do Little For Middle-Income People
How An $80,000 SALT Cap Stacks Up Against A Full Deduction For Those Making $400,000 Or Less
Howard Gleckman and Len Burman
CORPORATE TAX PROVISIONS
Creating a minimum tax for large corporations based on financial accounting book income
To crack down on large corporations reporting little or no income, a new 15 percent minimum tax would be applied to adjusted financial statement income (“book” income).
What Is Biden’s Minimum Book Income Tax on Corporations?
The Prescription: Fiscal Policy for Today's Economy With Michelle Hanlon
Book Minimum Tax May Discourage Investment More Than a Rate Hike
Thornton Matheson and Thomas Brosy
A Better Way to Tax Corporations Than the House's Book Minimum Levy
Reforming corporate rules for multinational firms based in the US
Parallel to efforts to agree on a global minimum tax and new rules for multinational corporate taxation, Congress is also seeking to amend the Global Intangible Low-Tax Income (GILTI) regime to further limit tax avoidance.
Ways and Means GILTI Reform Proposal Closely Tracks OECD/G-20 Pillar 2
Thornton Matheson and Thomas Brosy
Current Tax Reform Bills Could Encourage US Jobs, Factories and Profits to Shift Overseas
Changing tax treatment of stock buybacks
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act led to a surge in corporate stock buybacks, much of which flowed to foreign investors tax free. The House bill seeks to stem that surge and limit the advantages of buybacks over dividends.
Tackling Stock Buybacks: Too Little, Too Late from Foreign Investors
Boosting IRS funding to improve tax compliance
As requested by the administration, the House bill would increase IRS funding to give the agency more resources and staff to increase audits and collections. However, the bill doesn’t include President Biden’s proposal to mandate additional information reporting by financial institutions.
The Effect of Tax Enforcement on Revenues
Biden’s Effort to Close the Tax Gap Is Well-Intentioned but Flawed
How Should Congress Fund Investments in The Internal Revenue Service’s Infrastructure?