Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) this week released reports from 3 of 6 task forces established to review and advise on the tax extenders issue. Grassley and ranking minority member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are hoping for solutions on which of the tax breaks should be consolidated, made permanent or rejected. It is expected that Senate Finance will debate its own tax extender legislation rather than consider a different version passed by the House Ways & Means Committee on a straight party-line vote back in June. That bill offsets the cost of tax extenders by ending higher exemptions for the estate tax at the end of 2022, instead of 2025 as currently scheduled by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Furthermore, the House also proposed expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable. Those provisions are all thought to be non-starters in the republican-controlled Senate. The tax extender legislation became a political football when the TCJA passed with errors in the final draft. The task forces on employment and development, health and disaster relief have yet to issue their final reports.