by Curtis S. Dubay
The Heritage Foundation
March 31, 2014
The tax extenders are a group of approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire regularly. Congress has traditionally extended them just as regularly as they expire. Most recently, they expired at the end of 2013, and Congress has yet to address them this year. Congress previously extended them as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal struck at the beginning of 2013. New chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Ron Wyden (D-OR) and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) will mark up bills on the tax extenders soon. Congress should make those policies it continues permanent so it does not have to do this routine annually. It should then turn its attention to fundamental tax reform, where it could do a great deal more to free the economy to grow at its potential.

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