The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) on Thursday called on Democratic lawmakers to introduce a minimum corporation tax and step up tax enforcement in their proposed $ 3.5 trillion spending plan.
The trade association, which represents retail giants like Target, Home Depot and Walgreens, opposes the plan’s proposed corporate tax increases. But it breaks with other corporate groups by calling on Congress to take action against tax avoidance.
“The Biden Harris Agenda talked a lot about tax justice and making sure everyone pays their fair share. Corporate tax hike alone won’t do that, ”said Hana Greenberg, RILA’s recently appointed vice president of taxation.
“There are companies that, no matter what the corporate tax rate, pay no tax, and there has to be something to ensure that everyone is doing their part to make our country work,” she added.
RILA sent a letter to congressional leaders on Thursday, urging them to “ensure that all businesses pay at least a minimum tax before considering a corporate tax increase”. The group called on lawmakers to give the Internal Revenue Service more resources to prosecute tax evaders.
President BidenJoe Biden Biden Government Prepares Texas Abortion Act Lawsuit: Report Police Expect Capitol Fences To Be Reinstalled For September 18 Rally Elder Warns Of “Gimmicks” In California has proposed both options to pay for the Democrats’ massive spending aimed at investing in climate, childcare and other priorities. The House Ways and Means Committee met Thursday to discuss the specifics of the tax changes.
RILA argued in its letter that by strengthening tax enforcement and introducing a minimum tax, the Democrats could pay for many of their priorities without increasing the corporate tax rate.
Greenberg, who has ties to the two main committees that decide tax changes, leads the group’s lobbying work. Most recently she was Chief of Staff of Rep. Ron childRonald (Ron) James KindLobbying World Democrats on Key Panel Offer Bill on Solar Tax Incentives GOP sees Biden crisis as a boon for medium-term recruiting MORE (D-Wis.), A member of the Ways and Means Committee, and previously worked on Senate Finance Committee matters for the Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerCongress finally takes climate change seriously Lobbying world Virginia Democrat launches electric vehicle tax credit MORE (DN.Y.).
Retailers generally don’t benefit from some of the more lucrative tax deductions and incentives other industries use to avoid paying federal taxes. They are also primarily based in the US and would not be hit as hard by the Democrats’ proposed minimum tax of 15 percent on overseas income that business lobbyists want to thwart.
The National Retail Federation (NRF), another lobby group that represents retailers, declined to approve tax changes on Thursday and reiterated their opposition to the Democrats’ spending package.
“While some alternatives to a higher corporate tax rate have their value, it is the flawed size and scope of the underlying reconciliation package that is causing Congress to consider harmful tax increases for job creators,” said David French, senior vice president of government relations for the NRF in a statement. “That is why we are resolutely against the spending plan.”
The Democrats have proposed raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, a move both retail conglomerates strongly oppose on the grounds that it would hurt employment growth.
Business lobbyists expect the corporate tax rate to rise to around 25 percent, according to the Senate. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWays and Means Begin Labeling the .5T Package Harry Reid Renews Filibuster Call For “We Must Get The Senate Up” The Hills 12:30 Report – Supreme Court Resumes Personal Oral Arguments (DW.Va.) said he would be comfortable with it. But tax hikes could continue to shrink after Manchin reportedly said he was willing to spend just $ 1.5 trillion.
Democrats have no room for error in the 50-50 Senate, where a single move could ruin their party line spending plan.