Historically, the drive for tax reform in the US has focused on the individual income tax. The ideal, epitomised by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, has been to broaden the tax base and thereby reduce statutory tax rates in a revenue-neutral manner.
American observers, however, now believe that the so-called fiscal cliff deal that President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to on the first day of the year has effectively taken individual income tax reform off the table indefinitely.
Thus it appears that there is no potential for a tax reform deal in the traditional sense. But there is a growing need for it on the corporate side of the ledger that may yet become a vehicle for meaningful tax reform. Read more