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House Passes Tax Reform 2.0 Package

On Sep. 27 and 28, 2018, the House of Representatives passed three bills (H.R. 6756, H.R. 6757 and H.R. 6760) collectively known as "Tax Reform 2.0." If enacted, the bills would make the temporary individual side tax cuts included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent, including:

  • doubling of the standard deduction,
  • $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction,
  • doubling of the estate tax exemption,
  • increasing the adjusted gross income limitation for charitable gifts of cash from 50 percent to 60 percent for cash gifts, and
  • eliminating of the Pease limitation.

While Tax Reform 2.0 passed the House, the Senate is not expected to consider nor vote on the package of bills. Without congressional action, these provisions will expire on Dec. 31, 2025.

Depending on the outcome of the Nov. 6, 2018, midterm elections, Republicans could seek to tackle expiring tax provisions and technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act later this year. It is unlikely the Universal Charitable Giving Act, the Don't Tax Higher Education Act and other CASE legislative priorities will be included in such legislation.

Chuck Rettig Sworn in as IRS Commissioner

After an eleven month wait, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally has a new commissioner.

Chuck Rettig, confirmed by the Senate with 64-33 votes, was sworn in on Oct. 1, 2018, as the 49th commissioner of the IRS. He was first nominated seven months prior.

Given his experience, Commissioner Rettig is expected to focus on data security, tax-related identity theft, the internal IT infrastructure at the IRS and preparing for the 2019 filing season. He is also expected to focus on the agency's efforts to provide guidance on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Commissioner Rettig has not indicated how/if oversight of the educational institutions and the charitable sector will be a priority.

Connect with Government Relations Professionals this December in Atlanta

Register today for the 25th annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference, Dec. 5-7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year's conference is Delivering Results Amid Change, Uncertainty, and Polarization.

This fall, 36 governorships and over 80 percent of legislative seats are up for election. During the conference, speakers will analyze the results of the November elections and discuss how higher education government relations professionals can effectively navigate the new landscape and champion their campuses and systems in 2019. Nathan Deal, the current governor of Georgia, a former member of Congress and state senator, will be the opening keynote speaker. He will share his advice on how higher ed government relations professionals can best build a state agenda for higher education in a changing political environment.

The conference is designed for higher ed professionals from public institutions and state systems who are interested in bolstering their skills, connecting with colleagues and staying abreast of state and federal trends. CASE is proud to partner with the American Association of Community Colleges , American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities on this conference.

For more information on the 2018 Higher Education Government Relations Conference, please visit the conference website.

These articles are from the October 2018 BriefCASE issue.

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