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..
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..
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)…
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..
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..
Virtually every company in America relies on credit to finance investments–be it to upgrade equipment, open new facilities, meet payroll, or hire more talent. The ability to deduct the interest expense related to the funding of these activities has allowed businesses across all sectors of the U.S. economy to grow and remain competitive for close..
By Mac O’Brien, Spokesperson, BUILD Coalition In his December 20 piece entitled “The Tax Reform No One Is Discussing,” author Scott MacDonald employs a series of dubious assumptions and misleading examples in recommending the elimination of interest deductibility from the tax code. The truth is that such a reform would be anti-growth and harmful to..
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..