House Speaker Paul Ryan has agreed to remove the controversial Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) from the tax overhaul plan the GOP hopes to pass later this year.
The import tax, which Ryan introduced and has championed along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady for over a year, would have imposed a 20 percent tax on all goods entering the U.S., including automotive parts.
The proposed BAT was opposed by a number of industry groups through the Americans for Affordable Products coalition.
The coalition released the following statement on the removal of BAT:
“The nearly 600 members of the Americans for Affordable Products coalition are very pleased to see the released tax reform framework representing the viewpoints of the White House and majority party in the U.S. House and Senate has finally and definitively taken the misguided Border Adjustment Tax off the table,” wrote Joshua Baca, a spokesman for Americans for Affordable Products. “This framework…reflects the will of America’s consumers and employers by eliminating a policy that would have raised costs on families and risked jobs in the largest employment sector in the nation.”
Ryan, Brady, top Senate Republican, and senior White House officials released a joint statement saying the group is willing to table BAT in the interest of clearing the path for massive tax cuts later this year.
“While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it, and have decided to set this policy aside in order to advance tax reform,” reads the statement.
One analysis of the plan predicts that the plan could cost the average family of four $1,700 in the first year alone, including a 35-cent increase in the cost of a gallon of gas. Hardest hit would be low and middle income consumers, especially those on fixed income.