Manchin, Schumer Deal Carries 15% Corp. Minimum Tax

Manchin, Schumer Deal Carries 15% Corp. Minimum Tax

Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday he had reached an agreement with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on legislation that would impose a 15% corporate minimum tax as part of a larger package to address tax, energy, and health care costs.

Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Schumer, a Democrat from New York, announced the agreement to add the package, known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, to the fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation bill, which could be passed with a simple majority. The package includes key parts of President Joe Biden's stalled domestic agenda such as investing in renewable energy and lowering the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs.

"It is common sense that a domestic corporate minimum tax of 15% be applied only to billion-dollar companies or larger, ensuring that America's largest businesses are no longer able to operate for free in our economy," Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday.

The measure would bring in roughly $739 billion in new revenues, including $313 billion from establishing a corporate minimum tax, $124 billion from increased tax enforcement efforts by the Internal Revenue Service, $14 billion from changing the tax treatment of carried interest, and $288 billion from reducing the cost the federal government pays for prescription drugs, according to a summary provided by Schumer's office.

The 15% corporate alternative minimum tax proposal would apply to adjusted financial statement income for corporations with profits in excess of $1 billion, effective after December 2022. Corporations would generally be eligible to claim net operating losses and tax credits against the AMT, and would be eligible to claim a tax credit against the regular corporate tax for AMT paid in prior years, to the extent the regular tax liability in any year exceeds 15% of the corporation's adjusted financial statement income.

Democrats would spend that revenue to cut the federal budget deficit by about $300 billion and invest $369 billion in energy security and climate change programs over the next 10 years, the summary said. The funding also would lower health care premiums by $64 billion and provide the IRS with an additional $80 billion to pay for the enforcement efforts. Approximately $15 million of the IRS funding would be used to study the creation of a free electronic filing program for low- and moderate-income taxpayers.    

Manchin and Schumer said the text of the legislation would be submitted for Senate parliamentarian review Wednesday and that the Senate would consider it next week. Manchin's support is vital since Democrats will need all 50 of their members in the Senate to pass the bill if no Republicans support it.

Manchin highlighted the corporate minimum tax in a statement on the agreement and called it wrong that some of the country's largest companies escape federal taxes.

Manchin's statement criticized tax provisions that he called unfair "loopholes" that should be eliminated from the code. He said the tax code should not allow for the preferential tax treatment of carried interest or for state and local tax deductions that favor "red state or blue state elites."

Eliminating such tax provisions would raise revenues to "cut the deficit and lower the cost of health care for working families and small businesses," he said.

House Ways and Means Committee member Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said he was skeptical about the agreement.

"Who knows what's gonna happen?” Kildee said. Referencing Manchin’s history of changing his position on whether he supports a legislative deal with Democrats, Kildee said, “If there's a tax title, and what Lucy and his football" will do is to be seen.

"If the measure is comprised of all the various elements that we've all been working on, and we can get it to the president's desk, then it's meaningful," Kildee told reporters.

Manchin's agreement with Schumer came shortly after the Senate passed a semiconductor bill by a vote of 64-33 that includes a 25% investment tax credit for U.S. semiconductor manufacturers. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had threatened to kill the bipartisan legislation if Democrats moved ahead with their plans to use the budget reconciliation process to pass tax increases on businesses to pay for more domestic spending.

Roy Blunt, R-Mo., chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, said he probably wouldn't support the Manchin-Schumer legislation, which he hadn't seen yet.

"I don't think raising taxes is the right thing to do right now or putting more money into the economy," Blunt told Law360.

Blunt said the semiconductor legislation has already moved "too far down the road" to stop and noted that earlier this week, McConnell voted in favor of letting the measure come to a Senate vote.

The agreement with Schumer follows comments Manchin made during a West Virginia radio interview July 15 that he wouldn't support the tax proposals in Biden's economic plan and that a significant increase in inflation led to his decision. Manchin said his support for a slimmed-down version of the Build Back Better Act — the budget reconciliation bill the House passed in November — had depended on a consumer price index report that showed a 9.1% increase in June over the prior year.

Manchin has featured prominently in the debate on the Build Back Better Act. In December, he opposed the measure. Manchin said he was concerned about its effect on inflation and the national debt, said he couldn't support the proposal, and pointed to other concerns like the pandemic as issues Congress should focus on.


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