Tax Reform

The current tax code is 20 years outdated and in desperate need of reform. The complexity of our tax structure, the high rates, and the double taxation within our tax code discourages work, savings, and investments. This poses a significant long-term threat to economic growth and a robust housing market.

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The Need for Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Background: President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear before the November 2016 election that pro-growth tax reform would…

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Comprehensive Tax Reform

Background: Our current tax code is 20 years outdated and in desperate need of reform for a number of very important reasons. First, our tax…

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Blog posts

Here’s How the Tax Code Helps Rich Taxpayers in Big Government States Pay Less

By Jarrett Stepman, Reporter for The Daily Signal. As Congress works on tax reform, it is worth noting how politicians and interest groups use the…

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Deduction for State and Local Taxes Stunts Economic Growth, Group Warns

By Ian Snively, Member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Congress should get rid of federal taxpayers’ deduction for state and local…

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It’s Time to Reform Our Tax Code. Let’s Do Something Historic.

By Paul Ryan, 54th speaker of the House of Representatives. Note: House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke at The Heritage Foundation on Oct. 12. The following…

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Our Tax Code Rewards Bad State Policies and Favors the Wealthy. That Needs to Change.

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. One of the many reasons we need tax reform is that…

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Who Wins and Who Loses with Tax Reform?

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Communications Advisor and Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal. Let’s be honest, if the tax plan currently being debated in Washington becomes…

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Some Say GOP Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes. Here’s What They’re Missing.

By Kevin D. Dayaratna, Senior Statistician and Research Programmer, Center for Data Analysis, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, Adam Michel, Policy…

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This Key Change Will Bring Money Pouring Back Into the US

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. President Donald Trump once called our tax code a “giant self-inflicted…

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This Critical Part of Tax Reform Would Help Liberate Small Businesses

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. Americans have always fostered a spirit of entrepreneurship. We take pride…

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A Revised Tax Code Could Make Filing Your Taxes Much Faster, Cheaper

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director, Communications and Grassroots, Heritage Action for America. Keep it simple. This mantra of simplicity has been ignored for far too long…

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How the Current Tax Code Disfavors American Workers

By Scott Asbjornson, executive of AAON, Inc., an HVAC company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. tax code is 4 million words long, so it’s no surprise…

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Conservatives Encouraged by Republican Framework for Tax Reform

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Any tax reforms passed by Congress should give relief to middle class families and small businesses,…

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PRESS RELEASE: Heritage Action Applauds GOP Tax Proposal

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 Washington — Today, Republicans will unveil new details of a sweeping overhaul of America’s tax code. The plan would unleash economic growth, create…

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A tax cut for all Americans

By Dr. Ed Feulner, founder and president of The Heritage Foundation. When you hear the phrase “corporate tax cut,” what do you picture? Middle-class workers, or…

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Full Expensing and Meaningful Tax Reform

By Sutton Truluck, Research Assistant, Heritage Action for America. The Trump presidential campaign and congressional Republicans made numerous promises to Americans throughout the 2016 election…

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VIDEO: Adam Michel on CNN to Discuss Tax Reform

Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, Appears on CNN's At This Hour with Kate Bolduan…

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Cruz Highlights 7 Ideas for Tax Reform

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Sen. Ted Cruz thinks tax reform can help the average American. Tax reform is all about…

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Trump’s September Budget Deal Could Move Tax Reform

By Romina Boccia, Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. This week’s budget deal is fiscally irresponsible. But it just may have cleared the…

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Trump Is Right. ‘Our Tax Code Is a Giant, Self-Inflicted Economic Wound.’

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies In his second speech in two weeks on the need for tax…

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3 Ways the US Tax Code Is Killing Our Economy’s Potential

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

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Trump Says Tax Reform Could Create ‘Millions and Millions of New Jobs’

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. President Donald Trump hit his campaign themes of bringing back American jobs and raising wages…

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VIDEO: Michael Needham discusses tax reform

Heritage Action for America’s CEO Michael Needham discusses tax reform on Bloomberg TV.…

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OPINION: The key to passing tax reform: Keep it simple, stupid

By Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation. One of the most enduring lessons from the ObamaCare fiasco is…

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VIDEO: Dr. Feulner discusses tax reform and Trump, Congress.

The Heritage Foundation’s President Dr. Ed Feulner discusses tax reform and the relationship between President Trump and Congress on Fox Business Network.…

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Taxes, Regulations Hurt Economy

By David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D, Senior Research Fellow, Labor Markets and Trade at The Heritage Foundation. If bigger government, higher taxes, larger subsidies, more regulations…

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How the Senate’s baseline budget could make or break tax reform

By Romina Boccia, fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michel, policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Tax reform is one of the…

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VIDEO: IRS Rehires 213 Employees

213—that’s how many employees the IRS rehired after they were dismissed for falsifying documents and avoiding paying their own taxes. How does this happen? To…

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This Key Reform Must Be Central to Any New Tax Plan

By Salim Furth, Research Fellow in Macroeconomics at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michael, Policy Analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation.…

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Tax Reform for Investment and Jobs

By Adam Michael, Policy Analyst for the Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. Fixing a quirk in the U.S. tax code would let businesses…

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A Conservative View of Trump vs. Amazon

By Dan Holler, Vice President of Heritage Action For America Amazon’s successful business model is “destroying department stores and retailing all over the country,” President Donald…

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These Obama Regulations Make a Strong Case for Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst & Jacob Lubenow, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Congress is pivoting to tax reform,…

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Real Estate Professional Legislative Strategy Call 08/10/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the real estate industry all came together for our monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy…

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Michael Needham discusses next steps for tax reform

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Republicans Just Made Tax Reform More Difficult

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst This week, the House Budget Committee released its long-awaited budget. It makes progress in some areas, and falls short in others.…

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Repealing This Obamacare Tax Would Signal That Tax Reform Is Alive

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst The Senate is seriously considering keeping Obamacare’s 3.8 percent net investment income tax as part of it’s most recent repeal…

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A Pathway for Pro-Growth, Fiscally Responsible Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst and Chase Flowers, member of The Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. The tax code is in dire need of…

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Congress’ Inaction on Trump’s Agenda Costs America Nearly 1,000 Jobs Per Day

By Edwin J. Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation “Drain the swamp!” It was the battle cry of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Many Republican members of Congress echoed that…

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GOP Wants to Pay for Tax Cuts with a Tax Increase

Last week House Speaker Paul Ryan assured the country that tax reform is still coming despite uncertainty surrounding the repeal and replace of Obamacare. Speaker…

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If Congress Is Serious About Tax Reform, It Should Stop Passing Bills Like This

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst House Speaker Paul Ryan doubled down earlier this month on getting tax reform done by the end of…

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New Study Finds Americans Don’t Mind Lower Government Spending Due to Tax Cuts

By Elizabeth Fender, Market Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation & Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst America’s tax code is horribly out of date. Thankfully, Congress…

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Phased-In Border Adjustment Tax Plan Is A Non-Starter

Washington — According to reports, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) “floated a five-year phase-in to his controversial ‘border adjustment’ idea on…

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Video: Principles for Tax Reform: A Conversation with the House Freedom Caucus

Watch as members of the influential House Freedom Caucus lay out their principles for tax reform and the path forward in the 115th Congress. https://www.facebook.com/heritagefoundation/videos/10155382490189481/…

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This Key Reform Must Be Central to Any New Tax Plan

By Salim Furth, Heritage Foundation Research Fellow in Macroeconomics & Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst As Congress and the president move toward consensus on…

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House Conservatives Ready to ‘Go Big’ on Tax Reform That Includes Welfare Reform

By Fred Lucas, White House Correspondent for The Daily Signal The House Freedom Caucus wants to “go big” on a tax reform package to include welfare…

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New Data Show That Ignorance of US Tax Policy Fuels Leftward Sentiments

By Elizabeth Fender, Market Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation. With federal Tax Day now here, taxes have been on many people’s minds and have…

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Congress Should Leave the Border Adjustment Tax Behind

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation BAT, RIP? That’s what some people are claiming. And with good reason. The border adjustment tax…

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President Trump’s Simplifications to Tax Code Are Key to Economic Growth

Last week President Trump unveiled his plan for the “biggest individual and business tax cut in American history.” However, it still didn’t take long for…

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Put America First by Fixing the Tax System

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation Tell someone that the U.S. tax system needs to be fixed, and you’re not likely to…

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The Most Taxing Time of the Year

By Edwin J. Feulner, Former President of The Heritage Foundation, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center How does tax season make you feel? Angry? Tired?…

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How to Talk Taxes in Simple Terms

By Beverly Hallberg, President of District Media Group If you’re in need of a great dinner party topic, try taxes. We pay taxes, we complain…

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Here Are 6 Reasons to Lower the Corporate Tax Rate Immediately

By Timothy Doescher, Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation & Karl Keyzer-Andre, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. At close to 40 percent…

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Don’t Look To The Export-Import Bank To Create Jobs

Last week President Trump took a detour on his way to a weekend rally in Florida stopping at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. Trump…

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What Economic Recovery? 95 Million Americans Out of the Labor Force

By Gloria Taylor In the remaining weeks of his Presidency, Obama has been quick to tout his economic legacy. Yet the last job report of…

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Congress Should Repeal the Death Tax

This Wednesday, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced legislation to fully repeal the federal estate and gift tax named the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 198).…

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Tax Reform a “First Priority” Under the Trump Administration

President-elect Donald Trump has been making a number of administrative appointments over the last few weeks. On Wednesday, President-elect Trump nominated a former Goldman Sachs…

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Heritage Action Opposes Special Tax Breaks for Renewable Energy

Members of Congress will return to Washington, D.C. after the Presidential election on November 14th for a lame-duck session of Congress. Historically speaking, politicians use…

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Obama’s New Death Tax Threatens Family Farms and Businesses

Special Guest Blog: Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) We all knew President Barack Obama’s lame-duck presidency would be bad, but for the millions of Americans who…

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The State of Tax Reform in 2016

By Curtis Dubay, Heritage Foundation Economic & Tax Expert Tax reform remains a central issue in Washington because of its overwhelming necessity. Tax reform is…

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Video: What Pro-Growth Tax Reform and Conservative Health Care Reform Should Look Like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ev9fB2UU0 Watch Heritage Foundation scholars Paul Winfree and Ed Haislmaier, along with CEO of Juniper Research Group Chris Jacobs, discuss the impact that an outdated tax…

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Clinton’s Small Business Plan is More Government

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will roll out her plan to make American small businesses great again, or in her words: “to support small businesses…

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Why Real Estate Professionals Should Care More about Economic Growth than the U.S. Homeownership Rate

The U.S. homeownership rate recently fell to its lowest level since the Census Bureau began tracking the figure in the mid-1960s. At 62.9 percent, many…

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How Tax Reform can Improve Home Affordability

According to a national 2016 How Housing Matters Survey, commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation, 81 percent of respondents believe housing affordability is a problem while…

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Blueprint for Pro-Growth Tax Reform Released

Last Friday, House Republicans released a blueprint for comprehensive tax reform as part of the GOP’s larger campaign reform agenda named “A Better Way.” While…

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Heritage Action Praises Tax Reform Task Force

Washington — Today, the House Republican’s tax reform task force released its policy recommendations. Last December, Speaker Paul D. Ryan promised to “show what we would…

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President Obama’s latest budget: A bad deal for real estate professionals

This month, President Obama released the 8th and final budget of his presidency. Unfortunately for realtors, his budget includes a number of proposals that if…

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