As lawmakers return to work after their August recess, Hurricane Harvey has increased expectations on Congress to quickly pass disaster-relief tax breaks. September is also expected to bring Congressional hearings on tax reform and possibly the unveiling of tax reform legislation. At the same time, lawmakers must address the federal government’s budget, including the IRS.
After Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed an extensive disaster relief package, which included many tax provisions. Lawmakers took similar action after Hurricane Sandy a few years ago. Congress is expected to take up a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief plan in coming weeks.