The Senate Finance Committee’s (SFC) leading Democrat has released a report critiquing Republicans’ 2017 overhaul of the tax code. The report, focusing primarily on international tax reform, was released by SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on July 18.
Criticism of GOP Tax Reform
The Democratic SFC report, “Trump’s Tax Law and International Tax: More Complexity, Loopholes and Incentives to Ship Jobs Overseas,” criticizes a number of provisions enacted in last year’s tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97) was signed into law by President Donald Trump last December.
“Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans continue to peddle the false promises outlined in this tax scam report,” Wyden said in a July 18 press release. “Their new international tax regime instead rewards companies for investing overseas while hardworking Americans watch their wages fall.”
The report focuses on five areas of international tax reform. According to the report, the new tax law makes the tax code more complicated and incentivizes corporations to move jobs overseas.
Tax Cuts 2.0
Meanwhile, Republicans on the other side of the Capitol continue to tout the positive economic effects of tax reform as they prepare to unveil their next tax cuts package. “Tax Cuts 2.0” will focus on making permanent tax cuts for individuals and passthrough entities, which were enacted temporarily through 2025 under the TCJA.
“It wasn’t that long ago that our economy was sluggish, paychecks were going nowhere, jobs were going overseas — all that has changed,” House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said in a July 18 televised interview in which he praised the TCJA. According to Brady, Congress and the White House are starting Tax Cuts 2.0 “right now.”
“The President is all in,” Brady said. Brady, along with several other House tax writers, met with Trump on the next round of tax reform in a July 17 meeting at the White House.