We are encouraged that Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady are laser-focused on bold tax reforms that are aimed at growing the economy.
Tax and fiscal policy have a profound impact on U.S. business investment, economic growth and job creation. Business Roundtable supports competitive, pro-growth tax and fiscal policies to promote economic expansion, level the playing field for U.S. companies competing in global markets and stabilize the federal debt relative to the size of the U.S. economy.
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Business Roundtable believes the proposed documentation requirements are excessive and have been proposed without adequate consideration of their costs and alternative, less costly procedures.
Business Roundtable has strong concerns about the potential business disruption, significant breadth of impact, and adverse consequences caused by the proposed regulations. Because of these concerns, and the immediate effect of the new rules, I urge Congress to require the Treasury Department to take three immediate actions: (1) extend the comment period by at least 90 days (to October 5, 2016); (2) change the effective date; and (3) provide a thorough and complete economic analysis prior to considering finalizing the regulations.
The proposed guidance, which overturns long-standing tax principles and well-established case law and regulations, will significantly increase the cost of doing business in the United States, and create further obstacles to much needed investment, job creation and economic growth.
Business Roundtable’s interest in CbC reporting stems from the fact that the information requested in these reports includes sensitive competitive business information. Safeguarding the confidentiality of this information is key, which the Treasury’s proposed CbC reporting regulations recognize by providing the same confidentiality protection to CbC reports as to other tax return information.
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In 2016, Business Roundtable will focus its efforts on greater job expansion and economic growth – national priorities that are inextricably linked. Informing our plan is our collective business experience as CEOs of America’s leading companies, experience that tells us what it takes to build momentum for the United States in in 2016 and beyond.