The boldest ideas for changing the nation’s tax code are either dead or on political life support, as the Republican effort in Congress to reshape the tax system moves much more slowly than lawmakers and their allies in business had hoped.

Republicans, who control both chambers, are scouring the tax code, searching for ways to offset the deep rate cuts they desire.  But their proposals for border adjustment, which would tax imports and for ending the business interest deduction and making major changes to individual tax breaks for health and retirement have all hit resistance within the party.  The only big revenue-raising provision with anything close, is repealing the deduction for state and local taxes.

“Republicans are still hunting for ideas to soften the revenue loss from their proposed tax-rate cuts, and party leaders say they will finish a historic tax-code revision by year’s end.  President Trump said that the process was ahead of schedule and “moving along very well”

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