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Conference: Understanding the Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Event Overview

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the most significant overhaul of the U.S. tax code in a generation. It cut business and individual income taxes and reformed the international tax system, spurring the U.S. economy and boosting the country’s competitiveness on the world stage. The problem: many provisions are set to expire at the end of 2025.

Though the TCJA’s expiration poses a threat to the U.S. economy and people’s pocketbooks, it gives lawmakers an opportunity to rewrite the tax code. But if Congress is to build on the successes, and learn from the missteps, of the TCJA, policymakers must understand the reform’s effects.

The Tax Foundation, University of North Carolina Tax Center, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management are hosting a joint event to discuss the most up-to-date research on the TCJA to prepare members of Congress for the coming tax debate.

The keynote speaker will be Chairman Kevin Brady, former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and architect of the TCJA.

Following Chairman Brady’s remarks, there will be three panels on the following topics:

  • Myths and misconceptions about the TCJA
  • How the tax cuts impacted domestic business activity
  • How the tax cuts have played out on the global stage

Speakers will include some of the country’s leading tax policy minds and former congressional staff.

The economic consequences of the TCJA’s expiration will be felt across the country. This event will help Hill staffers and Americans understand what the 2017 reforms did and where the country should go from here as Congress begins to debate the future of the tax code.

Please register below if you plan to attend. See a full agenda, here.

Featured Speakers


8:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Arrivals, Continental Breakfast

 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

  • Speaker: Will McBride, Tax Foundation

8:30 – 8:50 a.m.

Politics and Process Keynote: How Did We Get to TCJA?
  • Speaker: The Honorable Kevin Brady

 8:50 – 9:50 a.m.

Addressing Myths and Misconceptions
  • Moderator: Michelle Hanlon, MIT Sloan School of Business
  • Speakers: George Callas, Arnold Ventures, Katherine Monge, Capitol Tax Partners

9:50 – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Domestic Corporate Tax Policy
  • Moderator: Jeff Hoopes, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Speakers: Bill Gale, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Loren Ponds, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Eric Zwick, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.

  • Video: Tadd Fowler, The Procter & Gamble Company

11:10 – 12:10 p.m.

International Business Tax Policy
  • Moderator: Jim Hines, University of Michigan
  • Speakers: Kim Clausing, UCLA School of Law, Scott Dyreng, Duke University, Teri Wielenga, Gilead Sciences (retired)

12:10 – 12:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks
  • Speaker: Will McBride, Tax Foundation