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Tax reform 2017

Plain and simple: our tax system is broken. It has not been updated since 1986 and since that time has become a complicated mess. Congressman Fred Upton has heard countless stories from constituents impacted by a tax code that is outdated, unwieldy, and too often rewards special interests at the cost of regular folks. It has become abundantly clear that our outdated tax code is a major drag on our economy and on Michigan families struggling to get by.  

That is why Fred supports efforts to advance pro-growth, pro-American tax reform and relief. On November 2, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This historic piece of legislation will reform our tax code, delivering more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for all Americans. On November 16, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was advanced by the House. 

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act overhauls the American tax code to deliver historic tax relief for workers, families, and job creators. It will also revitalize our economy. By lowering taxes across the board, eliminating costly special-interest tax breaks, and modernizing our international tax system, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will help create more jobs, increase paychecks, and make the tax code simpler and fairer for Americans of all walks of life. 

With this bill, the typical family of four earning the medium family income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of $2,059. 

Fred was one of nine House lawmakers then named to the House-Senate Conference Committee to iron out differences between the House and Senate tax bills. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy, he was primarily tasked with negotiating energy provisions related to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). You can read the Conference Report here.

Fred is confident that we can deliver this historic tax reform and relief this year and looks forward to working with colleagues in the House and the Senate and with the administration to deliver results for families and businesses in Michigan and across the country.

Please see below for more information:


September 27, 2017: Upton Statement on Tax Reform

November 2, 2017: Upton: The Time for Middle-Class Tax Reform and Relief is Now

November 2, 2017: Upton Optimistic on Tax Reform Plan (WSJM)

November 3, 2017: Econ development officials join Upton in praising tax plan (Herald Palladium)

November 9, 2017: Rep Upton: Tax plan will make us 'more competitive with the rest of the world' (Michigan Radio) 

November 14, 2017: VIDEO: Time for Tax Reform 

November 14, 2017: Upton sits down with C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" to discuss middle-class tax reform (C-SPAN) 

November 16, 2017: Upton Applauds Passage of Landmark Tax Reform Package 

November 28, 2017: Upton meets with local business leaders to discuss national tax reform (WWMT Channel 3) 

December 7, 2017: Upton Statement on Being Named to Tax Conference Committee 

December 15, 2017: Upton Statement on Signing the Conference Report to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 

December 19, 2017: Upton: Historic Tax Reform One Step Closer to Reality 

Op-eds and editorials:

Upton, Walberg, Huizenga, Moolenaar, Trott, Bishop, Bergman, and Mitchell in the Detroit News: Michigan deserves tax reform

Detroit News Editorial: Tax plan meets nation’s needs

Martin Feldstein in the Wall Street Journal: Corporate Tax Reform is the Key to Growth

An open letter to Congress signed by 137 economists supporting GOP tax reform bill 

Chicago Tribune Editorial: This tax deal will make America more preosperous 

Wall Street Journal: A Tax Reform for Growth

Additional resources:


The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act TIMELINE

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