Paul L. Caron

Monday, May 31, 2021

Treasury Releases Explanation Of Tax Proposals In President Biden's FY22 Budget

Green Book FY22

Presidents from George H.W. Bush through Barack Obama released General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals — commonly known as the "Green Book" — an explanation of the Administration's revenue proposals for that fiscal year. President Trump did not follow this tradition in FY18 - FY21. President Biden has returned to that tradition and released General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 Revenue Proposals:

In the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, the President proposes a number of reforms to the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that would modernize our tax system to respond to today’s challenges. These changes would raise revenue, improve tax administration, and make the tax system more equitable and efficient.

The American Jobs Plan includes revenue proposals that reform corporate taxation, support housing and infrastructure, and prioritize clean energy. Reforms to the corporate income tax aim to collect sufficient revenue, build a fairer tax system, and reduce tax incentives that encourage profit shifting and offshoring. Housing and infrastructure tax credits would support low-income housing, economic development, and public school and transportation infrastructure. The American Jobs Plan would eliminate all fossil fuel subsidies that linger in the Code, while substantially expanding tax incentives that encourage clean energy sources, energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, and electric vehicle adoption.

The American Families Plan includes revenue proposals that strengthen the taxation of high-income taxpayers, expand tax credits for low- and middle-income workers and families, and invest in improved taxpayer compliance and service. Income tax rates for those with the highest incomes would increase, and loopholes, such as the carried interest preference and the like-kind real estate preference, would be eliminated for those with the highest incomes. Reformed taxation of capital income would even the tax treatment of labor and capital income and eliminate a loophole that lets substantial capital gains income escape taxation forever. The economic security of families and workers would be supported through more generous child tax credits, an expanded earned income tax credit, expanded child and dependent care tax credits, and more generous premium tax credits. Finally, transformative investments in taxpayer compliance would provide the Internal Revenue Service with the resources and information that it needs to build a fairer and more efficient tax administration system.

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