HEARING ADVISORY: Chairman Tiberi Announces Hearing on Ways and Means Small Business and Pass-Through Entity Tax Reform Discussion Draft

1100 Longworth House Office Building at 10:00 AM
May 7, 2013 — Hearing Advisory   

Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the small business and pass-through entity tax reform discussion draft released on March 12, 2013, by the Committee on Ways and Means (“the Committee”).  The Committee released the discussion draft to solicit feedback on the details of the draft proposals, which the Committee intends to include as part of comprehensive tax reform legislation that broadens the tax base, lowers tax rates, and simplifies the Code for households, small businesses, and corporations. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building at 10:00 A.M.

In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only.  However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.  A list of invited witnesses will follow.


As part of its pursuit of comprehensive tax reform, the Committee released on March 12, 2013, a discussion draft of one specific component of broader tax reform legislation involving tax provisions affecting small businesses and pass-through entities (including partnerships and S corporations).  The Committee released this draft because it hopes to achieve simpler, more uniform tax treatment for small businesses and pass-through entities, and in the interests of transparency, seeks feedback from a broad range of stakeholders, taxpayers, practitioners, economists, and members of the general public on how to refine these proposals.  Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) asked Chairman Tiberi to schedule this hearing to gather analysis from outside experts on the details of the discussion draft.

The discussion draft contains several core components intended to simplify tax compliance for small businesses and to provide certainty with respect to the ability of small businesses to recover certain costs immediately.  The draft also includes two separate options designed to achieve greater uniformity between S corporations and partnerships – one that revises current rules and a second that replaces current tax rules with a new unified pass-through regime.  The Committee and Subcommittee are soliciting comments from stakeholders on both options.  

In announcing the hearing, Chairman Tiberi said, “Small businesses employ half of the private sector workforce and earn about half of all business income in the United States, so it is a major concern that nine out of ten small businesses are forced to rely on paid tax preparers because the tax code is too complicated for them to understand.  We need our entrepreneurs using their capital to invest and create jobs, not to fill out paperwork and tax forms, and one of the Committee’s top priorities in tax reform is to help them do that.”


The hearing will focus on the Ways and Means small business discussion draft released on March 12, 2013.  For purposes of this hearing, the Subcommittee is interested in comments and analysis relating to the basic architecture of the draft proposals including, in particular, the implications of the changes to the cash accounting rules, the questions that must be answered in designing a workable unified pass-through regime, and the real-world ramifications of the incremental proposals to modify the rules governing S corporations and partnerships.


Please Note: Any person(s) and/or organization(s) wishing to submit written comments for the hearing record must follow the appropriate link on the hearing page of the Committee website and complete the informational forms. From the Committee homepage, https://waysandmeans.house.gov, select “Hearings.”  Select the hearing for which you would like to submit, and click on the link entitled, “Click here to provide a submission for the record.”  Once you have followed the online instructions, submit all requested information.  ATTACH your submission as a Word document, in compliance with the formatting requirements listed below, by the close of business on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  Finally, please note that due to the change in House mail policy, the U.S. Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings. For questions, or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-3625 or (202) 225-2610.


The Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.  As always, submissions will be included in the record according to the discretion of the Committee.  The Committee will not alter the content of your submission, but we reserve the right to format it according to our guidelines.  Any submission provided to the Committee by a witness, any supplementary materials submitted for the printed record, and any written comments in response to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below.  Any submission or supplementary item not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.

1. All submissions and supplementary materials must be provided in Word format and MUST NOT exceed a total of 10 pages, including attachments.  Witnesses and submitters are advised that the Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.

2. Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will not be accepted for printing.  Instead, exhibit material should be referenced and quoted or paraphrased.  All exhibit material not meeting these specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.

3. All submissions must include a list of all clients, persons and/or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears.  A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax numbers of each witness.

The Committee seeks to make its facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.  If you are in need of special accommodations, please call 202-225-1721 or 202-226-3411 TTD/TTY in advance of the event (four business days notice is requested).  Questions with regard to special accommodation needs in general (including availability of Committee materials in alternative formats) may be directed to the Committee as noted above.

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