What is the new tax law?

Each year, taxpayers can itemize their tax return or take the standard deduction to reduce their taxable income. The IRS is working on implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This important tax legislation will affect individuals, businesses, government entities and tax exempt entities. The following stylized example illustrates how the international provisions of the new tax law can encourage companies to move not only profits abroad, but also real investment and jobs.

This would apply to both the profits and the gross income of a business or business that would not otherwise have been subject to unemployment taxes. Proposed Changes Unrealized gains on valued assets transferred by gift during life or retained upon death would be treated as a “realizational event” for tax purposes and would be taxed as if the underlying property were sold. This graphic, which compares the effects of the new tax law and the Brown-Khanna proposal, highlights the opportunity lost by the law to address wage stagnation and growing inequality through means such as strengthening the EITC. Policymakers must carry out real tax reform that avoids the regressiveness of this law and gives more favorable treatment to workers with low or modest incomes.

In the coming months, Congress could also develop and review additional tax legislation that may coincide with or differ from some of the proposals in the Green Paper. Current Law If a sufficient tax exemption is assigned to a generational transfer (GST) trust, this causes the trust to be permanently exempt from GST. Now, the amount of the AMT exemption is automatically adjusted for inflation, allowing many taxpayers to avoid the tax. There is also some uncertainty about the “gross calculation” that foreign taxes add to the calculation of income and whether they are included in the basket of foreign tax credit of the minimum tax.

In addition, unrealized capital gains on valued assets would be taxed if transferred or distributed in kind from a trust, corporation, or other irrevocable non-corporate entity if such transfers are effectively a gift to the recipient. All of the changes proposed below may take effect as of the date the new tax law is enacted, unless otherwise specified. In line with inflation adjustments, many deductions and tax credits will be gradually adjusted to account for these changes. A net investment income tax (NIIT) or a tax under the Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA) would apply to the transferred business income of high-income individuals.

The new tax law not only harms many working-class families, but it actually harms several of them. For all these reasons, the new tax law may lead several multinational corporations to move their investments from the United States to foreign countries.

Jacob Macdonnell
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