Tax Extenders, Mostly Good

By March 11, 2010Innovation, Taxation

Washington Post, “Senate passes $140 billion in tax breaks, aid to unemployed“:

Beyond those provisions, the bill carries renewals of several expired tax credits, including those for research and development, biodiesel, energy-efficient home improvements, and the deduction of state and local sales taxes. Those extensions helped attract the support of Republicans and the praise of business groups.

Dorothy Coleman, vice president of tax and domestic economic policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, said the research-and-development credit extension will be a particularly effective job creator. “Going ahead and acting on these [tax extensions] gives companies some certainty” about how they can spend money in the future, she said.

NAM President John Engler also issued a statement in support of the Senate action, with some exceptions. Excerpt:

The NAM’s “Jobs for America” report finds that by increasing the R&D credit and making it permanent, we would encourage innovation and boost total employment by hundreds of thousands of jobs this decade. Similarly, by providing additional time for companies to make required pension payments, the retirement security provisions will put cash back in the hand of employers, allowing them to grow and create jobs. We are also pleased the Senate bill broadens the tax credit for energy efficient windows, doors and skylights by allowing them to meet the 2010 Energy Star standards. And, we welcome the provision that will allow companies to use their unused Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) credits based on hiring workers or making investments.

While we are pleased that the tax extenders and retirement provisions are included in the Senate-passed bill, we are disappointed that it also includes industry-specific taxes that will pile more costs on manufacturers and make them less competitive. We will continue to work with members of Congress to improve this critical bill so that it can foster job creation and global competitiveness without putting undue burdens on specific industries. It is important for lawmakers to remember throughout this jobs debate that government doesn’t create jobs, business does.

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