The tax reform that Congress passes now will affect our economy for decades to come. The last time Congress passed tax reform was 36 years ago – more than a generation. So, lawmakers need to look beyond the next political cycle and seriously consider the long-term implications of the tax reform proposals they’re evaluating. Unfortunately,..
As lawmakers look for ways to finance a lower corporate tax rate, some are considering capping the deductibility of interest for businesses. This would be a mistake. Interest deductibility (ID) has been a staple of the modern U.S. tax code since its inception more than 100 years ago. Businesses large and small borrow to help..
WASHINGTON (June 27, 2017) – With today’s announcement of principles for tax reform by White House officials and Congressional leaders, the BUILD Coalition released the following statement: “The BUILD Coalition appreciates the administration and Congressional leaders working closely to establish a sound foundation for tax reform in advance of the legislative process. Today’s announcement shows that they..
WASHINGTON (July 6, 2017) – Today, the BUILD Coalition submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee outlining the need to preserve full interest deductibility for American businesses. The submission highlights how businesses of all sizes and across all sectors rely on the ability to deduct interest expense to access capital that is critical for..
WASHINGTON (July 6, 2017) – Today, the BUILD Coalition submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee outlining the need to preserve full interest deductibility for American businesses. The submission highlights how businesses of all sizes and across all sectors rely on the ability to deduct interest expense to access capital that is critical for growth and job..
A recent American Action Forum piece advocates for eliminating interest deductibility, citing the differing tax treatment of debt and equity financing as the impetus for such a policy change. The authors argue that interest deductibility results in a “subsidy” for debt-financed investment when compared to equity-financed investment. However, this approach fails to account for the non-tax reasons..
In 1956, the interstate highway bill, one of the largest public works projects in American history was signed into law. At the time, the system carried roughly 65 million cars and trucks. Today, that number has more than quadrupled to over 260 million. The increase in traffic borne by our national highway system is just..
Interest deductibility plays an important role across many sectors. For example, manufacturing uses interest deductibility to open a new plant, fill a large order, or purchase new plants and equipment. The healthcare industry uses interest deductibility to fund innovation and develop new, life-saving technologies. Even four out of five small businesses use debt financing and interest..
WASHINGTON (June 13, 2017) – In response to House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady’s (R-TX) comments on allowing certain industries to retain interest deductibility, the BUILD Coalition released the following statement: “When lawmakers set out to reform the tax code, their stated goals were economic growth and simplification. Proposals that eliminate interest deductibility for some..
This week, President Trump is engaging with executives, mayors, and community leaders to discuss America’s much-needed investment in roads, railways, waterways, and other major infrastructure projects. With over $4.6 trillion needed by 2022 just to get our infrastructure to a “B Grade,” President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion plan is an important first step. As we..