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Tax Reform Is Not a Unicorn


1986 Tax Reform was challenging.

It’s harder in today’s divided, instant news (and alternative fact) world.

It is NOT impossible.

Lead. Stop raising impossible expectations.

Set reachable, shared goals.

Focus where you agree. Compromise is not a bad word.

Keep it simple and fair.

What is most important? It can’t be everything.

Make it bipartisan to pass and last.

Work to build relationships/trust.

You have far to go. Start talking across aisles.

Media prefer a fight to substantive debate. Do not favor them.

Secrets scare people. Be open and inclusive to build ownership/support.

Resist games. Integrity still matters.

Janice Mays, Managing Director, WNTS Tax Policy Services, PwC

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