Taxation

President Trump has criticized the Johnson Amendment and stated his intent to radically overhaul the U.S. tax code.

Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017

10/8/17  //  Daily Update

Commentary continued on President Trump's proposed tax plan, but significant hurdles to the plan's realization remain. The White House is considering instructing federal agencies to review low-income assistance programs.

Updates | The Week of September 25, 2017

10/1/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump announced his sweeping tax-reform plan, prompting commentary on the plan's winners and losers. Some commentators expressed concern at the personal benefit the President's family stands to receive from the changes.

Updates | The Week of August 28, 2017

9/3/17  //  Daily Update

Trump's pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio sets off a firestorm; another battle over Trump's immigration ban is heard by the Ninth Circuit; and investigators and journalists turn up more evidence of Trump's business dealings with Russia.

Updates | The Week of August 14, 2017

8/20/17  //  Daily Update

Commentators are questioning whether passing meaningful tax reform is politically feasible.

Updates | The Week of July 24, 2017

7/30/17  //  Daily Update

A House committee approved major tax reforms.

Updates | The Week of July 24, 2017

7/30/17  //  Daily Update

A House committee moved forward a Republican plan to overhaul the tax code.

[UPDATED] Don't Believe the Hype: Understanding the Johnson Amendment Kerfuffle

5/4/17  //  Uncategorized

An executive order to be issued today likely will direct the IRS to exercise “maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits religious leaders from speaking about politics and candidates from the pulpit.” Here's what that means and why it matters.

Marty Lederman

Georgetown Law

The Blind Side In Trump’s War On The Administrative State

4/17/17  //  Commentary

Neomi Rao’s nomination to serve as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is part of Trump and Bannon’s war on the administrative state.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Ian Samuel

Harvard Law School

We Need a National Debate on a Federal Tax on Wealth

4/14/17  //  Commentary

America’s increasing economic inequality threatens our liberal democracy. We need urgently to find innovative tools to counter the erosion of our foundational, shared belief in opportunity and fairness, the American Dream.

Walter Dellinger

O'Melveny & Myers

Dawn Johnsen

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017

4/2/17  //  Daily Update

As Republicans turn to tax reform, Jon Barela argues that they should reject the Border Adjustment Tax.

Updates | The Week of May 1, 2017

5/7/17  //  Daily Update

Congressional Republicans may craft a tax reform proposal much different from President Trump's proposed bill.

Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017

6/11/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration's plan to encourage cities, states, and corporations to provide infrastructure funding in lieu of the federal government may leave taxpayers without clear benefits and with greater costs.

Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017

4/23/17  //  Daily Update

Tax reform is still very much on the Administration's agenda, with Steven Mnuchin hinting that reforms would be released soon.

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Updates | The Week of July 10, 2017

7/16/17  //  Daily Update

The Department of the Treasury took aim at Obama-era tax regulations such as those relating to off-shore tax deals and estate taxes, claiming they impose an “undue financial burden” on taxpayers.

Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017

4/26/17  //  Daily Update

This week, President Trump unveiled his tax plan with proposed drastic reductions in individual and corporate tax rates. On the heels of this announcement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made clear that President Trump does not intend to release his tax returns.

Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017

8/27/17  //  Daily Update

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ignored calls from critics to resign after President Trump's controversial Charlottesville remarks.