A Message from ABA President: Treatment of Law Firms in Tax Relief Bills

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The message below was sent out on Wednesday, 12/13
from American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass.

“Dear Colleague,

As you may have heard, the tax reform bills passed by the House and Senate contain provisions that exclude many law firms and other professional service businesses from the substantial federal tax reductions that will be granted to most other partnerships and other ‘pass-through entities.’ (The House bill would completely deny a new 25% pass-through tax rate if the law firms’ income fell below a certain threshold.”

The ABA is joining lawyers and law firms around the country in opposing these discriminatory provisions, and we need your help to make sure that they are removed from the final tax legislation.

Please call Congress today at (202)224-3121 and tell your senators and representative that you opposed discriminatory provisions in the tax bills that prevent law firms from receiving the same tax reductions as other pass-through businesses. (Look up your legislators here.) The ABA is not taking a position on the overall tax reform legislation, and we are not asking you to take a position.

Our message is simple: ‘All pass-through businesses should be treated equally, and law firms should not be unfairly excluded from new pass-through tax reductions.’

Talking points and more information about pass-through entities and the proposed tax legislation is available on our website. If you have any questions or would like to share feedback about your calls please email us at: GrassrootsCenter@americanbar.org.

Sincerely,

Hilarie Bass
President, American Bar Association”

 

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Check your inbox every Monday for your Capitol Update in the Weekly Docket during this year’s legislative session (January 4 – June 7). These  Capitol Updates are also available to members at ctbar.org/capitolupdate.

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