Targeted Tax Cuts, Across-the-Board Tax Hikes

By September 8, 2010Taxation

President Obama speaks in Cleveland this afternoon to discuss the economy and offer changes in the tax law to encourage business investment and job creation. Jay Timmons, executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, appeared on a Fox Business segment Tuesday discussing President Obama’s sudden flurry of economic proposals.

You have to look at all the components of the proposal, and I’m afraid we haven’t seen those yet. Taken in isolation, the President’s proposal to create 100 percent expensing for property, plants and equipment over the course of the next 18 months, to expand and make permanent the R&D tax credit, those things are good, not only for manufacturing but for businesses in general. The problem is, we haven’t seen the other shoe that’s about to drop, and that is tax increases that are likely to be part of the proposal…

The expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts will have a serious impact on the some 70 percent of the small manufacturers that file as S Corporations, paying the individual income tax rates, Timmons argued. 

“By not extending all across the board the individual tax rates, that harms manufacturing and that also hurts their ability to expand, invest and create jobs,” he said.

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  • Along with making the R&D tax credit permanent, we’ve created a way to help companies receive the credit in an economical way.
    To address the current issues in the regulations (see below), we built Titan Armor – a low-cost software solution that helps manufacturers meet the current regulatory requirements for the R&D Tax Credit. You can get more information at
    Two issues with the current regulations are:
    First, the regs are difficult to follow without a thorough understanding of the tax law. This often requires qualified US manufacturers to hire outside consultants to guide them through the details. Unfortunately, the cost of consultant support has made it prohibitive for many small to mid-sized manufacturers to benefit from these federal incentives. Today, tens of thousands of these manufacturers have historically bypassed this valuable tax credit.
    Second, in 2008, the IRS elevated the R&D Credit to a Tier 1 Issue, which has put more emphasis on the need for contemporaneous documentation. To defend the R&D Credit in an audit, a taxpayer needs to qualify every R&D project under the regulations, AND identify costs associated with the project while the costs are being incurred (known as nexus). This documentation requirement is burdensome on engineers and production management staff, which makes capturing and defending the Credit a challenge for most manufacturers

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