Which Senators Responded to ‘Blank Slate’ Tax Reform Invitation?

Published by Michael Novogradac on Monday, August 5, 2013 - 12:00am

On June 27, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, proposed a “blank-slate” approach as a legislative starting point for tax reform. In a “Dear Colleague” letter they called on their Senate colleagues to submit legislative language or detailed proposals by July 26 for which tax expenditures and other provisions should be added back to a reformed tax code.

Response to the invitation has been mixed. Some lawmakers have made copies of their letters public and others have published summaries, highlights or press releases about their letters. Some lawmakers signed on as part of a group to joint letters. Some lawmakers intentionally didn’t submit proposals. Others who did chose to take up Sens. Baucus and Hatch on their offer of 50 years of secrecy.

Novogradac & Company has compiled links to copies of letters, or information about letters, sent by senators to Sens. Baucus and Hatch with proposals to be considered during the crafting of the committee’s tax reform bill.

We continue to update this list. Please send links to additional letters or related information to [email protected].