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Bipartisan Tax Proposal Aims to Aid Low-Income Families and Businesses as Trump-Era Tax Breaks End

In a bipartisan effort, leading members of Congress have unveiled a tax proposal aimed at benefiting low-income families and businesses as Trump-era tax breaks come to an end. The proposal, co-led by U.S. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Representative Jason Smith of Missouri, includes several key provisions.

One significant aspect of the proposal is the incremental increase of the child tax credit through 2025, along with the restoration of tax relief for affordable housing projects. The proposal also extends disaster payments to victims of wildfires and the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment.

Furthermore, the plan seeks to extend research and development tax credits and reduce tax burdens on U.S.-Taiwan business relationships, aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan in the face of potential Chinese government aggression.

Senator Wyden, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, highlighted that around 15 million children from low-income families would benefit from the plan, particularly emphasizing its pro-family policies.

The proposal is seen as an effort to address child poverty by permanently raising the child tax credit, following a temporary increase during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is worth noting that the current proposal is set to expire in 2025.

Representative Smith, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, expressed his support for the bipartisan agreement, emphasizing its potential to provide greater tax relief, support Main Street businesses, enhance competitiveness with China, and generate jobs.

Additionally, the proposal aims to crack down on abuse of the COVID-19-era employee retention tax credit by increasing penalties and the statute of limitations for fraudulent claims, while also shortening the program’s duration by 14 months.

A provision within the framework also raises the threshold for filing 1099 forms from $600 to $1,000.

The proposal has received praise from various quarters, with Business Roundtable endorsing the effort to revive pro-business policies as essential for America’s global competitiveness.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio commended the expansion of the Child Tax Credit, emphasizing its benefits for families and manufacturers in his state.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget applauded the lawmakers for finding offsets to pay for the proposal, but cautioned that if made permanent, it could have a significant long-term cost, potentially exceeding half a trillion dollars over ten years.

While the proposal addresses immediate economic concerns, the debate over its long-term fiscal impact is expected to continue in Congress.

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