Moody’s Research Underscores Negative Impact Of Eliminating Interest Deductibility

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Last week, Moody’s Investors Service published a new report, “Debt And Taxes: Credit Implications Of New Tax Reform Proposals,” showing how the House GOP Blueprint’s proposal to eliminate interest deductibility would lead to an increase in cash taxes for most business. The loss of interest deductibility would be particularly punitive for speculative-grade rated companies, even..

Full Interest Deductibility Is Essential To A Pro-Growth Tax Code

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Border adjustability. Corporate integration. Lower rates. Simplification. As the tax reform debate continues to heat up, it’s easy to lose sight of the real objective amid all the different proposals and priorities. Most would agree we need to create smart, principled tax policy that helps unlock long-term growth in the American economy. While nothing is..

Company Executives Identify The Next Big Tax Reform Fight: Interest Deductibility

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In a study conducted by the BUILD Coalition last week, we analyzed all public company earnings call transcripts since House Republicans released their Tax Reform Blueprint in June of 2016. The goal was to gain insight into how businesses are thinking about the potential impact of tax reform—especially the proposal to eliminate interest deductibility (ID)…

Setting The Record Straight: Debt Financing Plays Critical Role In Business Growth And Economic Stability

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A March 1 POLITICO piece entitled “The Powerful Financial Reform Within The House GOP Tax Plan,” incorrectly describes interest deductibility (ID) as a tax provision that makes the economy riskier by encouraging debt financing. This is a simplistic view that mischaracterizes a fundamental feature of our economic system—one that has helped to drive growth in..

If Congress Wants The Support Of The Middle Market, It Should Maintain Interest Deductibility

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This week, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) held its 2017 Middle-Market Public Policy Summit, where lawmakers and business leaders met to discuss the new political landscape and how public policy can promote the growth of the middle market. One important topic that came up was interest deductibility (ID). The middle market covers roughly 200,000..

Setting The Record Straight On Interest Deductibility In The Economist

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In its February 2 piece entitled “What If Interest Expenses Were No Longer Tax-Deductible?“, The Economist incorrectly describes interest deductibility (ID) as a tax break that makes the economy riskier by encouraging debt financing. This is a simplistic view that mischaracterizes a fundamental feature of our economic system—one that has helped to drive growth in the..

BUILD STATEMENT ON SENATE FINANCE WORKING GROUP REPORTS

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The BUILD Coalition’s Sabrina Siddiqui released the following statement in reaction to release of the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working Groups’ reports: “The BUILD Coalition supports continued progress to enact tax reform that would boost growth and create jobs.  It is noteworthy the report acknowledges that many ‘economists – and many in the business community – have..

Setting The Record Straight: The Economist’s “The Great Distortion” Misses The Mark

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Dr. Rebel Cole, Professor of Finance at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business, has issued the following statement in response to an article in The Economist entitled “The Great Distortion:” The Economist‘s piece misses the key point that allowing firms to deduct interest payments enables firms to raise capital needed for new investments. Limiting interest..

Issue Brief: Why Businesses Use Debt

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The following examples are drawn from Dr. Rebel Cole’s “Why Businesses Use Debt – And How Businesses Benefit From Debt.” Private business Chez José is a small restaurant owned by its proprietor—José Smith. Last week, José learned that he needs a new roof on his building, and that this will cost him $10,000. Unfortunately, José..

Primer: The Importance of Interest Deductibility to Businesses and the Economy

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View pdf here. The stated goals of tax reform are to boost the U.S. economy, increase investment, create more jobs, and foster innovation. With a cumbersome, outdated, and bloated tax code, reform has the potential to provide a significant boost to the U.S. economy. However, focusing solely on lowering rates may lead to harmful policy outcomes. This primer..