THE HILL: Republicans taking a BAT to trade policy may be met with resistance




April 6 | By:

If the casual observer has heard anything about the border adjustment tax (BAT), they could be forgiven for believing that it is simply a tax on imports. In the age of Trump, when snap tariffs are routinely threatened, this is hardly an irrational assumption. However the idea of a BAT is far more complex than this and is embedded in a larger plan to radically transform the corporate tax code.

The Republican-backed idea is to rework the corporate income tax into a “destination-based cash flow tax” (DBCFT). Rather than a tax on profits, it would become a tax on revenue from all sales of goods and services in the U.S., less wages and other U.S. expenditures.

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