PwC Gave Former Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp a Job
All that work Dave Camp put into his tax reform plan did not go unnoticed. Oh sure, human carrot John Boehner didn't get too excited about it, but PwC was impressed enough that they hired Camp as a senior policy advisor in their Washington National Tax Services practice. Here are Bob Moritz and Mark Mendola saying […]
Treasury Department Tells House Committee to Bug Off Until After Election Day
Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) wrote to Department of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew regarding the Administration’s refusal to produce a key witness for interview prior to the election. The Committee is seeking to speak with Hannah Stott-Bumstead, who was the first Treasury official informed that the IRS had “lost” two years […]
The AICPA Has Strong Words on Cash Accounting for the Ways and Means Committee
We all know the AICPA looooves cash. C.R.E.A.M. amiright? The AICPA has voiced "strong opposition to draft legislation that would limit the use of the cash method of accounting for pass-through entities and personal service corporations," which is a fancy way to say they aren't feeling this proposal at all. Why? Well you have to […]
GOP Congressman: Sprawling, Despised Government Agency with a History of Inefficiency That Just So Happens to Be a Convienent Political Target Is Misprioritizing Things Because ObamaCare
That is, Dave Camp doesn't believe the IRS's story that the shutdown is the cause of the delayed tax filing season: “The IRS claims that it will be unable to process tax returns on time, despite being able to do so multiple times in the past when it has been responsible for adopting major changes […]
Okay Everyone, We Need a Collective Noun for Corporate Tax Lobbyists
Don't forget, a "murder" is taken. If a gaggle is a group of geese, what is the word for the group of corporate tax lobbyists/execs that just poured out of Dave Camp's office? — Richard Rubin (@RichardRubinDC) September 19, 2013 What about a "hatchet of lobbyists"? Or a "fatcat"? Is a "Gucci of lobbyists" […]
The IRS Scandal Has Made the Long Odds of Passing Tax Reform Even Longer
Until last Friday, tax reform seemed to be working a steady pace towards…something. I mean, Max & Dave have both a Twitter account and a website dedicated to the cause so you know they were getting serious about the thing. This kind of effort is enough to get the ghost of Ronald Reagan wandering around DC […]
Social Media’s Ideas for Tax Reform Can’t Be Worse Than Anything That’s Been Kicked Around So Far
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) report in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that since Congress has spent ample time listening to interest groups, it's about time they got really serious about tax reform: In the coming weeks, we will give you the opportunity to provide your input as well. No need to […]
Maybe Dave Camp’s Pass-through Proposal Doesn’t Address Carried Interest So It Won’t Invite Unfortunate War Analogies
Victor Fleischer writes at DealBook that Michigan Congressman Dave Camp's proposal to simplify partnership and S-Corp tax law may be too simple. It's not that Professor Fleischer doesn't like simple, it sounds like he does. And he also likes that Camp gave everyone a couple of options. But Camp's more "radical" option is missing some details […]
The House Will Have a Half-Ass Vote on Tax Cuts Tomorrow
Don’t get too excited, the vote will only be on the tax cuts for those of you earning less than $250k. The vote that really counts (for the people that may be able to afford Snooki!) is being slapped onto the extension of unemployment benefits.
The bulk of the tax cuts — for lower and middle-class incomes — will be considered in a separate vote on Thursday. Democrats have long sought to only renew tax breaks for households under $250,000 in income, but Republicans have insisted on an extension of current tax rates for everyone.
Right, then. So this is a political play by the Democrats to show everyone that they don’t suck as much as the election results would have you believe. Republicans, however, do not care for this maneuver. Rep. Dave Camp (MI) is especially annoyed and evokes small business in the process:
“This is disappointing and a sign of bad faith after the president agreed to bipartisan, bi-cameral talks. There will be bipartisan opposition to the Democrats’ push to raise taxes on small business,” Camp said.
Gotta say, it is a pretty shrewd move by the Democrats (where was this spunk in October?) but at least everyone will have to get off their ass tomorrow and do something. God forbid the Republican members of Congress actually vote on something during the lame duck session.
House Democrats set Thursday tax vote [Politico]
House GOP Balks at Middle-Class Tax Cut Vote Scheduled Thursday [Fox News]