On Wednesday February 26, 2014, the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited discussion draft for comprehensive reform of the tax code. In anticipation of the release, NAR sent a letter to all Members of the House on Monday reminding them of NAR’s priorities in tax reform. Now that the draft has been released, NAR staff is carefully reviewing the contents to evaluate its impact on residential and commercial real estate and plans to share those findings with Congress. It is important to remember that the Camp bill is only a discussion draft and because of the political landscape and timeline, NAR does not believe any tax reform bill will become law this Congress. Please stay tuned for more details and analysis from NAR.
To view the letter from NAR to members of the House, click here.
NAR’s reaction to the Discussion Draft is as follows:
NAR Reaction to Tax Reform Discussion Draft: Statement from President Steve Brown
“NAR supports reforms that promote economic growth, but we strongly oppose severely altering the rules that govern ownership and investment in real estate. Real estate powers almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy, employs more than 17 million Americans, and contributes a quarter of all federal and state tax revenue and as much as 70 percent of local taxes.
“We are extremely disappointed with several of the provisions contained in U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s tax reform draft released today, namely proposed limits on the mortgage interest deduction and capital gains, and the repeal of deductions for state and local property taxes. These proposed changes to the taxation of real estate will impact every single American, either directly or indirectly.
“NAR will carefully analyze the details of the Chairman’s plan so we can best educate Congress and the public about how this plan would impact the owners, consumers, and producers of both residential and commercial real estate.”