Tax Extenders are Ruining the GOP Tax Plan

Op-ed | The HillTax Extenders are Ruining the GOP Tax PlanBudget gimmicks in the GOP tax package is setting us up for yet another era of tax extenders.

Budget & Tax,  | Quick Take
Dec 4, 2017  | By  | 1 min read | Print Article

Originally published on December 2, 2017 in The Hill

A look at both the current House and Senate tax bills reveals that extenders are set for a comeback. To restart this special interest tax gimmick — particularly under the guise of simplifying the code — is irresponsible and wasteful.

The tax extender package was a hodge-podge of different breaks that had tax provisions dealing with NASCAR track owners, film and television productions, rum sales from U.S. Virgin Island and Puerto Rico, even electric motorcycles.

Even if some provision could be justified on its own merits, it was still a gimmick. If it was meritorious enough, the provision would be made permanent in the code rather than masking the true cost by extending it every couple years.

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