Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Tax Reform

 

America needs major tax reform if we are to grow an opportunity economy, create good paying jobs, and allow businesses to better compete in the global economy.

American businesses are saddled with the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world.  Our extremely non-competitive tax code results in fewer jobs, fewer investments, and puts American workers and companies at a disadvantage to foreign competitors.

We must make our tax code simpler, fairer, and more focused on stimulating job growth and an opportunity economy. 

Right now, most changes to the tax code are focused on the well-connected, with special loopholes, exclusions, and deductions which don’t benefit ordinary Americans.  These special benefits cost the federal government over $1 trillion each year in lost revenue.

Our current system isn’t fair, and it certainly isn’t simple.

Congress is in the habit of regularly applying Band-Aids to the tax code, making long-term planning difficult for both businesses and hardworking American families.  This year, I’ve worked with House Republicans to pass legislation to make taxes more predictable, applying permanent solutions which support economic growth and help families.
 

  • The American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 880) promotes innovation and job growth by making permanent the research and development tax credit.
  • The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act (H.R. 644) makes permanent certain tax provisions which encourage charitable giving.
  • America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 636) creates tax stability for small businesses, which create the majority of new jobs, by making permanent certain small business tax deductions in Section 179.
  • The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (H.R. 644) provides incentives for businesses to contribute excess inventory to local food banks by permanently extending a food inventory donation provision in the tax code.
  • The State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act (H.R. 622) levels the playing field for taxpayers in different states and provides certainty for financial planning.
  • The Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 1105) repeals the unfair estate tax which hurts family farms and businesses, slows the economy, and costs jobs.  You’ve already paid your taxes once . . . why should the IRS come after you in the grave?


America needs comprehensive tax reform.  Unfortunately, President Obama’s vision of tax reform involves higher taxes and more government spending. 

As your Congressman, I will fight President Obama’s efforts to raise taxes while pursuing every common sense opportunity to create a simpler, fairer tax code which allows businesses to be more competitive, encourages an opportunity economy, and creates more jobs for hardworking Americans.  

More on Tax Reform

Sep 27, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) attended a briefing with Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady on the unified Republican framework for reforming our tax code for the first time since 1986.
Jun 16, 2015 Press Release
Today, Alleghany Technologies Incorporated announced plans to expand manufacturing operations in Monroe, creating 70 new jobs over the next three years.
Jan 21, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had these comments after listening to President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Sep 24, 2014 Press Release
Shame on Burger King for moving to Canada? Or shame on us for being unresponsive to businesses and job creators? The current debate about corporate inversions has once again brought out the tired, progressive-socialist rhetoric railing against corporate profits. Burger King, Chiquita, and other iconic American brands are seeking more attractive tax provisions to better manage their businesses, as they also absorb the high impact of our costly regulatory environment, including the mandated requirements of the Un-Affordable Care Act.
Sep 23, 2014 In The News
Shame on Burger King for moving to Canada? Or shame on us for being unresponsive to businesses and job creators? The current debate about corporate inversions has once again brought out the tired, progressive-socialist rhetoric railing against corporate profits. Burger King, Chiquita, and other iconic American brands are seeking more attractive tax provisions to better manage their businesses, as they also absorb the high impact of our costly regulatory environment, including the mandated requirements of the Un-Affordable Care Act.
Aug 27, 2014 In The News

Congressman Pittenger appeared on Squawk on the Street this morning to discuss the current situation with Burger King and the need for comprehensive tax code reform.

Aug 27, 2014 Press Release
This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), a Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street to discuss tax inversions and the economic danger created by America’s excessive corporate tax rate.
Aug 26, 2014 In The News

This morning, Congressman Pittenger joined SiriusXM host Tim Farley for a discussion on President Obama’s visit to Charlotte, the problem of tax inversions, and whether or not President Obama should attack ISIS in Syria.

Oct 23, 2013 In The News

America faces a serious economic crisis with a $17 trillion debt and $60 trillion of unfunded entitlement mandates, as I conveyed through interviews in the last several days on CNN (three times), CNBC, MSNBC (twice),

Oct 16, 2013 Statements
On October 16th, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) held a telephone town hall for constituents.