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Coalitions offer united front on tax reform

Originally Published by Bernie Becker, The Hill, September 19, 2013

A pair of tax reform coalitions offered a united front on Thursday, coming together to press the case for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the code.

Leaders of the RATE Coalition and the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates stressed at a joint Capitol Hill event that both the individual and corporate sides of the code need to be revamped.

The RATE Coalition and other similar groups are made up of corporations, an area where Democrats and Republicans have seemingly found more common ground.

But the effective tax rate coalition, which launched…

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Big biz, small biz join hands in rare unified push for tax reform

Originally published by Kent Hoover, American City Business Journals, September 19, 2013

Tax reform probably isn’t going anywhere this year, but if that train does leave the station, there’s now a better chance that small businesses won’t get left behind.

That’s because the RATE Coalition, a group that represents 32 large corporations, has joined forces with the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates, which primarily represents small businesses and large retailers, to push for comprehensive tax reform. Both groups agree that reforming corporate taxes isn’t enough — the individual income tax code also must be made fairer and simpler.

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Printing Industries of America Calls for Congress to Reform Tax Code

Released by the Printing Industries of America:

Washington, D.C., September 19, 2013—Printing Industries of America today issued the following statement regarding a joint press conference between the RATE Coalition and the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates, intended to focus the 113th Congress on passing necessary tax reform legislation.

Printing Industries of America today participated in a joint press conference held by the Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably (RATE) Coalition and the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates (CFETR), collectively representing more than 1,500,000 businesses ranging from corporate rate payers to small mom-and-pop printers paying individual tax rates. The conference…

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Tax-Writing Chairmen Camp and Baucus Praise United Tax Coalitions

The following statement was released by the Committee on Ways and Means on September 19, 2013:

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) issued the following statement praising a joint call by the RATE Coalition and the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates to advance and pass comprehensive tax reform that makes today’s broken tax code simpler and fairer for all job creators.

“Today’s call to action by these two coalitions underscores what job creators across the country have long said: our broken tax code ought to…

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Two Major Coalitions Band Together to Support Comprehensive Tax Reform

Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates and the RATE Coalition Back Corporate, Individual Rate Cuts

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2013 – Two tax coalitions supporting comprehensive tax reform held a joint press conference today to urge support for the efforts of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) to pass comprehensive tax reform.

Representatives for both the RATE (Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably) Coalition and the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates said they believe the tax code is broken and that what’s needed is comprehensive tax reform that simplifies the system by lowering individual and corporate rates and eliminating distorting tax preferences. Together,…

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Big and Small Businesses Unite for Tax Reform

The Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates and the RATE Coalition today released the following joint statement:

The tax code is broken and businesses of all kinds – large and small, corporations and mom-and-pop shops – agree: what’s needed is comprehensive tax reform that simplifies the system by lowering individual and corporate rates and eliminating distorting tax preferences.

We strongly support the efforts of the chairmen of the tax-writing committees in Congress, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), to pass bipartisan comprehensive tax reform legislation. A simpler, fairer code, with lower rates for both corporations and businesses that…

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The Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates and the RATE Coalition to Hold Event in Support of Comprehensive Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM., the RATE Coalition and the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates will host a joint press conference to advocate for tax reform that will benefit all U.S. businesses through the creation of a fairer tax system with lower tax rates for both corporations and businesses that pay taxes using individual rates.

Who: RATE Coalition Co-Chairs James P. Pinkerton and Elaine Kamarck and Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates Co-Chairs Dan Danner and Bill Hughes

What: Press conference to discuss reforming the tax code for American businesses.

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013…

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Tax Reform Coalition Commends Tax-Writing Chairmen for Bringing Tax Reform to Memphis

The Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates released the following statement regarding Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp’s visit to Memphis on September 9:

“The Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates applauds the chairmen of the tax-writing committees in Congress for continuing their cross-country campaign for tax reform with a stop today in Memphis. Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp plan to visit a small family-owned business and FedEx to illustrate that the federal tax system is broken for both large and small businesses paying corporate and individual rates. We hope Sen. Baucus and Rep. Camp gain the…

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Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates Adds 250,000 Businesses

Tax Reform Proponent Now Represents 1.5 Million Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 5, 2013 — The Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates, a group advocating comprehensive tax reform, increased the number of U.S. businesses it represents by 250,000 over the last month. The group’s membership has grown to 1.5 million from 1.25 million since July 31.

The Coalition has grown rapidly since its creation in July; it doubled in size in the first week. Its newest national members include the American Trucking Associations, the American Council of Engineering Companies and the National Confectioners Association. Nine state retailer associations also joined, contributing greatly to the Coalition’s expansion.
“On behalf of the…

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Congress Should Fix Uneven Business Taxation

A revenue-neutral, comprehensive tax overhaul should not give preferential treatment to any industry

By Dan Danner and Bill Hughes, Roll Call

Originally appeared on Roll Call on August 30, 2013

Tax reform is a hot topic in Congress these days and for good reason. Our current tax system is broken, complicated and clearly gives preference to some industries over others, which is obviously unfair.

A recent study by the respected accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers — and widely read on Capitol Hill — showed gigantic disparities among industries. Retailing, wholesaler-distributors and service providers had effective tax rates — the rate of taxes they actually paid — of 36.4 percent or higher. By contrast, utilities and other…

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