The Annual Renewal of Dubious Tax Provisions Is No Substitute for Real Reform

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By Ike Brannon and Gordon Gray

Ike Brannon of Capital Policy Analytics and Gordon Gray of the American Action Forum warn against an attempt in the lame-duck session to revive ‘‘orphan’’ tax breaks not made permanent at the end of 2015. The authors write that ‘‘the very presence of a year-end extenders package serves as a de facto substitute for genuine reform, and distracts lawmakers from undertaking a comprehensive tax reform that is long overdue.’’