March 8, 2013

Senator Carl Levin is Retiring

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) is retiring when his term ends in 2014. His retirement is a huge loss for the tax fairness battle, as Senator Levin has been a very strong advocate for the closing of corporate tax loopholes. Senator Levin has introduced the CUT (Cut Unjustified Tax) Loopholes Act, which cuts down on the ability of corporations to hide their money offshore:

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, introduced the Cut Unjustified Tax Loopholes Act, or CUT Loopholes Act. The bill, S.2075, would crack down on offshore tax abuses, close tax loopholes that encourage corporations to move jobs offshore and end a corporate tax loophole that allows corporations to claim a stock option tax deduction that is greater than the stock option expense shown on their books.

Based on estimates from the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Office of Management & Budget, the CUT Loopholes Act would yield at least $155 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years. That is more than enough to cover the $100 billion cost of a full-year extension of the payroll tax cut, and could contribute to the kind of balanced deficit reduction agreement that the nation needs.

“With federal tax revenue at its lowest level in decades and economists warning that more draconian budget cuts could damage the recovery, it is clear that we can’t achieve significant deficit reduction and meet important priorities by focusing on spending cuts alone,” Levin said. “Many in Congress have refused to consider revenue measures to meet our budget challenges, but there should be bipartisan support for closing these indefensible tax loopholes.”

Check out Senator Levin’s bill here, and share with your friends!