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Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump says he will release tax reform package next week


White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

Mr Trump offered his tax tease in an interview and again during remarks at the Treasury Departmentlast Friday afternoon as he raced to stack up legislative accomplishments before his 100th day in office at the end of next week. The rules, imposed under Obama, make it more hard for American corporations to achieve "tax inversions" - a practice that allows them to avoid taxes by legally becoming a "foreign" US -based entity. In the chaotic Trump administration, staffers are "blindsided" by executive orders, officials regularly release contradictory statements and the president himself is reportedly not always fully aware of major personnel shifts.

Trump also scheduled a "tax announcement" for next Wednesday.

Mnuchin also said the tax plan would be aimed at helping the middle class to "get more money in their pockets" and would be much simpler.

"People can't do their return".

Mnuchin has worked on the tax plan for months, but details have remained fluid, with White House officials considering a range of options in how they restructure the tax code. If Trump plans on passing his tax plan through budget reconciliation that is likely to deliver complications.

"I don't think we've decided that part yet", Mulvaney told Fox News on Sunday. "You can either have a small tax cut that's permanent or a large tax cut that is short-term".

Last week, Mnuchin said that enacting tax reform legislation ahead of August was not "realistic", backing down on Trump's promise for tax reforms.

He provided no new details then, but said: "It will be bigger, I believe, than any tax cut ever".

At best, tax cuts pay for a fraction of their cost, Goldwein said, citing CBO estimates.

Team Trump wants his the tax plan to focus more on rate cuts than decreasing the deficit, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Asked at an off-camera briefing earlier in the day whether it's problematic that this review will be underway as the president and Congress look to roll out a tax overhaul package, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said it shouldn't have a significant effect.

But he also said that if these macroeconomic changes aren't factored in, the tax plan would grow the deficit.

"This idea that [Trump's plan] can be paid for even mostly by growth doesn't equate with any economic analysis or theory".

"Under dynamic scoring, this will pay for itself".

A White House official said the impending announcement could come later than Wednesday, adding: "The president was saying what we've been saying all along, that he wants to do tax reform as quickly as possible while still doing it right".

"We have had an environment in the U.S. that has not been particularly business-friendly coming out of Washington", he said, and narrated some of the key economic measures taken by the Trump administration in the first 100 days.

In making his case, Mnuchin pointed to statistics showing individuals and businesses cumulatively spend a total of 6.1 billion hours complying with the tax code each year, at a cost to the US economy of $234.4 billion.

However, he expected a corporate tax cut and some move to encourage the repatriation of profits by United States multinationals, a development that would affect U.S. multinationals in Ireland.

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