Capitol Hill Briefing

The Bush Tax Panel Proposals: Tinkering or Major Reform?

November 9, 2005 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

188 Russell Senate Office Building

Featuring: Sen. Jim DeMint, (R-SC); Chris Edwards, Cato Institute; Daniel Mitchell, Heritage Foundation; Stephen Entin Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation

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The President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, headed by former senators Connie Mack and John Breaux, delivered its report on November 1. The report included two reform alternatives: a “simplified income tax” and a “growth and investment tax.” While both plans include many pro‐​growth elements, they are less fundamental than leading tax reform proposals of recent years. Certainly, the panel could have done more to reduce marginal tax rates under both plans.

One of the Senate’s leading tax reformers, Jim DeMint (R-SC), will assess the panel’s proposals and discuss his more comprehensive plan, the “8.5% Tax Reform Plan.” Other top experts will examine the pros and cons of the Bush panel’s report and discuss the steps that policymakers can take to achieve major tax reforms in 2006.