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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 With a cumbersome, outdated, and bloated tax code, reform has the potential to provide a significant boost to the U.S. economy.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..
See below for BUILD’s latest infographic that details the role of credit in helping seasonal and non-seasonal businesses manage cash flow challenges, such as meeting payroll or paying suppliers on time. Using debt financing to help manage cash flow is a normal business operation. As a cost of doing business, interest on credit has been..
1. What is interest deductibility? Interest deductibility refers to the ability of businesses to deduct the interest paid on debt from their taxable income. This 100-year old component of the tax code allows businesses to deduct interest payments from loans or other forms of debt as a cost of doing business. 2. What kinds of..
Below is a statement from BUILD spokesperson Russ Grote on Chairman Max Baucus’ tax reform drafts. “The BUILD Coalition is glad to see tax reform back in the policy discussion in Washington. As the process continues to move forward, we reiterate our support for maintaining full interest deductibility, which is an ordinary and necessary business..
Businesses use credit to grow, manage payroll, and make job-creating investments. It’s fundamental to business. However, proponents of a new tax targeting interest on debt have often argued that interest deductibility distorts incentives, which might lead to too much credit in the economy. While this new tax will raise costs for businesses onnew investments, correcting..