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Real Relief Delivered

posted on April 27, 2018

Late Friday afternoon, Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa House and Senate leadership released a summary of their tax reform agreement. From the details given, ITR is glad to say we support this plan because it is not just tax reform, it is tax relief!

In last week’s Watchdog, we shared the three principles we have been encouraging legislators to include in the final tax reform bill. These are:

  1. Reduce Rates
  2. Include both Individual and Corporate
  3. Couple and Conform to Federal Code
 This tax relief plan includes all three principles and when fully implemented will also:
  • Reduce the top individual rate from 8.98% to 6.5%.
  • Reduce the number of individual income tax brackets from nine to four.
  • Reduce the nation’s highest corporate income tax rate of 12% to 9.8%.
  • Use revenue triggers to reduce rates and provide a budget safeguard.
  • Increases Section 179 and Qualified Business Income (QBI) deductions for farmers and small businesses
  • Modernizes Iowa’s sales tax code to provide a level playing field between online businesses and brick and mortar businesses.
  • Gradually eliminate federal deductibility.
  • Automatically couple with most federal tax laws.
  • Providing a comprehensive review of tax credits.
ITR president Chris Ingstad said, “As we wait to see all the specifics included in the final bill, the details released will allow Iowans to keep more of their hard-earned dollars and make the state more competitive with other states. The strong voice of everyday Iowans was heard over the unending cry of special interests. For that, we thank Governor Reynolds, the Iowa House, and the Iowa Senate.