From The Wall Street Journal, “Obama Tax Plan Holds Less for Small Business” (subscription):
Small manufacturers in particular may benefit given that many rely on industrial-size machinery to function. In 2009, small and midsize manufacturers invested an average of $1.4 million in factory equipment, down from $2.3 million in 2008, according to a survey of the National Association of Manufacturers, a Washington, D.C., trade group with 11,000 members.
But Dorothy Coleman, vice president of tax and domestic economic policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, warns that other new legislation that the president has proposed could thwart any relief that the equipment write-off option may provide to small companies. “Potential tax increases on businesses could neutralize the benefits of the provisions,” she says
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