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Tax Reform Isn't Done

No. 578
Mar. 2018

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   *  In December   2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and  Jobs Act (TCJA),
      arguably the most  significant piece of tax legislation in three decades.
      However,  there remains more  work to be done  on improving the U.S. tax

   *  A number  of major provisions in TCJA are scheduled to expire over the
      next eight years. Many of the expiring provisions should instead be made
      permanent,  ideally sooner rather than later. At the same time, lawmakers
      should also take the opportunity to evaluate which portions of TCJA ought to
      be improved.

   *  In 2021 and 2022,  several policy changes are scheduled to take place which
      would  raise taxes on U.S. business investment. Lawmakers should consider
      options to avert or modify these scheduled tax increases.

   *  In 2025, most of the individual income tax changes in TCJA are set to expire.
      When   deciding which of these to make permanent,  Congress  should prioritize
      those that broaden  the individual income tax base, as well as those that make
      the tax code simpler and more  neutral.

   *  More  broadly, TCJA did not address every area of the federal tax code in
      need  of reform. In the future, lawmakers should scale back remaining tax
      expenditures, reform the tax treatment of household  saving, and provide
      greater cost recovery for structures.

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