Lawmakers Should Oppose Tax Increases on Capital Gains

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Posted by Natalie De Vincenzi on Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 6:20 PM PERMALINK

In a letter sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Chairman of the Ways and Means Commitee Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Americans for Tax Reform along with 31 other organizations urged members of Congress to oppose any increases in the capital gains tax. The conversation surrounding tax reform should not include increasing the tax on capital gains or carried interest. If anything, it should move to lower the tax on capital gains. Read the letter here or below. 

March 9th, 2017

The Honorable Paul D. Ryan
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Kevin Brady
Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means
U.S. House of Representatives
1102 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan & Chairman Brady:

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of your efforts to pass pro-growth tax reform and urge you to oppose efforts to increase taxes on capital gains.

The next four years represents an opportunity to reduce -- not increase taxes on capital gains. Over the past eight years, the top rate increased from 15 percent to 23.8 percent, and the top integrated rate currently sits at 56.3 percent compared to the OECD/BRIC average of 40.3 percent. 

While it appears unlikely that incoming lawmakers and the administration will increase rates outright, they should also be sure not to incrementally move the needle toward higher capital gains taxes in other ways, like boosting taxes on carried interest capital gains.

Carried interest capital gains income is earned through a net gain within a partnership formed between individuals with capital and an expert investor. They are indistinguishable from any other type of capital and so they are paid at the same capital gains tax rates. 

While supporters of higher taxes on carried interest capital gains say it takes aim at 'hedge fund guys,' it would also hurt pension funds, charities, and colleges that depend on these investment partnerships as part of their savings goals. In addition, small businesses, innovators, and

inventors would find themselves increasingly shut out from investment money available to them from these partnerships.

Rather than supporting proposals that lead to higher capital gains tax rates, the incoming Congress and administration should look toward lower rates. One model to follow is contained in the House GOP blueprint, which reduces the top rate on capital gains to 16.5 percent.

Today, pro-growth tax reform is needed more than ever. It is imperative that lawmakers prioritize an overhaul of the tax code as well as protect the areas of the current tax code that promote innovation, investment, and growth. 

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Pete Sepp
President, National Taxpayers Union and Foundation

Jim Martin
Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Norm Singleton
Vice President for Policy, Campaign for Liberty

James Edwards
Co-Director, Inventors Project

Charles Sauer
President, Market Institute

Larry Ward
Chairman, Constitutional Rights PAC

Shaun McCutcheon
Chairman, Conservative Action Fund

Colonel Rob Maness
Chairman, Gator PAC

Donny Ferguson
Chairman, BetterEconomy.org

George Landrith
President, Frontiers of Freedom

Andrew Langer
President, The Institute for Liberty

Judson Phillips
Founder, Tea Party Nation

Paul Morinville
Chairman, US Inventors

Andrew F. Quinlan
President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Louis Foreman
President, Edison Nation

Dee Hodges, President
Maryland Taxpayers Association

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance 

Melissa Ortiz
Founder and Principal, Able Americans

Dan Weber
CEO, Association of Mature American Citizens

Mario Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Gregory T. Angelo
President, Log Cabin Republicans

Willes K. Lee
President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Derrick Hollie
President, Reaching America

Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Dick Patten
President, American Business Defense Council

Adam Brandon
President and CEO, Freedomworks

Jeffrey Mazzella
President, Center for Individual Freedom

Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman, Conservative HQ

Adrian Pelkus
President, San Diego Inventors Forum

Randy Landreneau
Founder, Independent Inventors of America

Iain Murray
Vice President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

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