Kudlow on Tax Relief

By January 6, 2009Economy, Taxation

CNBC host and analyst and all-around smart guy Larry Kudlow comments on the inclusion of pro-growth tax relief in the Obama stimulus plan, “Team Obama Adds Business Tax Cuts.” He’s positive, but says more can be done:

However, as yet there is no Obama signal for the most powerful tax incentives that would slash the 35 percent top corporate rate to something around 20 percent. This should apply both to large C-corps and small-business S-corps. It would attract investment, improve future job creation, and relieve consumers who really shoulder the corporate tax costs. Additionally, full cash expensing for business investment write-offs would provide an even greater bang for the buck.

So while the new tax-refund plan and faster depreciation are positives, they are still much weaker than a full-bore supply-side tax-rate reduction that could even morph into full-fledged corporate tax reform. Now we wait for a Republican response, which hopefully will be bold corporate tax reform as well as reduced individual tax rates (at least for the middle class).

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