Rep. Brady plans to move tax reform legislation in 2017

The House’s top taxwriter wants to pursue tax reform legislation next year, according to the Ways and Means Committee’s Republican chief tax counsel.

“The committee is now focused on the ongoing work of building tax reform legislation based” on the tax blueprint under the House GOP’s “Better Way” policy platform, said Barbara Angus, chief tax counsel for Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyTexas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall Trump on declaring national emergency: 'Not going to do it so fast' Dems look to chip away at Trump tax reform law MORE (R-Texas), chairman of the chamber’s taxwriting committee.

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“The plan for Chairman Brady is to move tax reform legislation as early as 2017,” Angus said in a panel at the Tax Executives Institute conference in Philadelphia.

The counsel’s announcement comes as the federal government marks the 30th anniversary of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, a major overhaul of the tax code by the Reagan administration and Congress.

“Chairman Brady often says that tax reform is something that happens only once in a generation,” Angus said. “With 30 years gone by since ‘86 Act, the time has really come.”

Based on Ryan blueprint

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAEI names Robert Doar as new president GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King MORE (R-Wis.) released in June the tax blueprint as one of the six policy platforms of the Republican Party. Brady led the tax task force, which Angus said was the smallest of the six task forces. Participants in the task force, however, met the most often. 

Brady in 2015 expressed a similar tune of pursuing only international tax reform after becoming chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, but had to shelve those efforts thanks in part to Ryan's shift of focus to the development of the "Better Way" plan.   

However, there is now a strong appetite for major tax changes, especially with Europe’s recent state-aid investigations, Janice Mays, former Democratic chief tax counsel of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in the same panel. 

She said Republican and Democratic members of Congress are unified on the idea that the European Commission (EC) is attempting to take U.S. revenue as part of the EC's recent ruling against certain member countries’ special tax deals involving American companies. 

“It has changed the dynamics,” said Mays, who recently left the committee for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mays said that Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (D-N.Y.), who is likely to replace Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees Harry Reid knocks Ocasio-Cortez's tax proposal: Fast 'radical change' doesn't work Overnight Defense: Trump rejects Graham call to end shutdown | Coast Guard on track to miss Tuesday paychecks | Dems eye Trump, Russia probes | Trump talks with Erdogan after making threat to Turkey's economy MORE (D-Nev.) next year as the chamber’s Democratic leader, will be a key figure in tax reform negotiations, if such discussions will take place. Last year, Schumer attempted to broker an international tax deal with Ryan, who back then led the Ways and Means Committee, to help finance a major highway spending bill. 

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Mays also pointed out that Senate Finance Committee ranking minority member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenCongress should elevate those trapped in the gap – support ELEVATE Act IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries IRS waiving penalty for some in first filing season under Trump's tax law MORE (D-Ore.) is currently putting together an international tax package that would address inversions. Wyden’s former chief tax chief counsel also moved this past summer to PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

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