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Shutdown Looms Over Federal Funding Debate; Roundtable Submits Requests to Treasury for Guidance on New Tax Laws

  • January 19, 2018

Without a last-minute funding deal before midnight tonight, much of the federal government will shut down on the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. The budget affects issues of importance to commercial real estate such as the National Flood Insurance and  EB-5 foreign investment programs.

In an effort to identify temporary or immediate guidance that would provide a boost to economic growth and jobs, Real Estate Roundtable President & CEO Jeffrey DeBoer yesterday wrote to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, offering several suggestions aimed at ensuring the long-term success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  [Roundtable Letter, Jan. 18]   

Despite White House talks today between Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and President Trump, disagreements on immigration policies such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, or "Dreamers") program threaten to scuttle a possible Senate vote on a government funding bill.  If a deal is reached, the House is prepared to act again - after passing a fourth "Continuing Resolution" (CR) in FY2018 last night, which would extend government funding through Feb. 15. 

The budget battle comes on the heels of last December's enactment of the largest overhaul of the tax code in 31 years. As businesses and individuals adjust to the new tax law's various provisions, it is expected that the IRS will issue guidance on technical questions affecting commercial real estate and other industries.  

In an effort to identify temporary or immediate guidance that would provide a boost to economic growth and jobs, Real Estate Roundtable President & CEO Jeffrey DeBoer yesterday wrote to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, offering several suggestions aimed at ensuring the long-term success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  [Roundtable Letter, Jan. 18]

The Jan. 18 Roundtable letter is based on input received from real estate leaders across the country, who share the goals of avoiding economic disruptions and reducing inefficient business restructuring or inactivity pending the issuance of final rules.  

The Roundtable letter identifies several areas where rulemaking would reduce uncertainty and  facilitate continued investment, including: 

  • the scope of the real estate exception to the new limitation on business interest deductibility;
  • the requirements that apply when calculating a taxpayer's eligibility for the new 20% deduction for pass-through business income; and 
  • the applicable cost recovery periods under the new tax law.    

The letter describes each issue and suggests clarifications that would be useful, in the short term, to ensure the new tax law spurs investment, growth and job creation. 

In conjunction with next week's Roundtable State of the Industry Meeting in Washington, DC, the Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) will analyze these areas in detail.  Additionally, The Roundtable's business meeting will feature key congressional leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Schumer, who will engage attendees in a variety of policy discussions, including the current budget situation.