President Biden support extending the individual tax provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, many of which are set to expire next year, Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

“The President has made it clear that he would oppose raising back the taxes for working people and families making under $400,000,” Secretary Yellen testified before the Senate Finance Committee during a March 21, 2024, hearing to review the White House fiscal year 2025 budget proposal.

She then affirmed that “he would” support extending the individual tax provisions of the TCJA when asked by committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who noted that the budget did not make any mention of this.

Yellen defended the fiscal 2025 budget request against assertions that taxes will indeed go up for those making under $400,000, contrary to President Biden’s promise, because the taxes that are targeted to wealthy corporations to ensure they are paying their fair share will ultimately be passed down to their consumers in the form of higher prices and lower wages.

“I think what the impact when you change taxes on corporations, what the impact is on families involves a lot of channels that are speculative,” Yellen said. “They are included in models that sometimes the Treasury used for the purposes of analysis, in a tax that is levied on corporations, that has no obvious direct effect on households.”

The proposed budget would increase the corporate minimum tax from the current 15 percent to 21 percent, as well as raise the tax rate on U.S. multinationals’ foreign earnings from the current 10.5 percent to 21 percent. The current corporate tax rate would climb to 28 percent and the budget would eliminate tax breaks for million-dollar executive compensation. It would also increase the tax rate on corporate stock buybacks from 1 percent to 4 percent, among other business-related tax provisions.

By Gregory Twachtman, Washington News Editor