Packaging and processing OEMS, as well as manufacturers in general, secured a major victory on Jan. 31 when the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan tax package containing provisions critical to the industry, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
What’s going on:
The House voted 357–70 to pass the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act. The bill includes three important manufacturing priorities:
- Restoring immediate R&D expensing for domestic research
- Reinstating full expensing (also known as 100% accelerated depreciation) for businesses’ capital investments
- Returning the U.S. to a pro-growth interest deductibility standard
What it means:
The measure will enable manufacturers to invest in their businesses, create jobs, and compete in the global marketplace.
- The bill is particularly important for small and medium-sized manufacturers, many of which experienced significant tax increases as a result of the expiration of these pro-growth provisions.
- “While it was once a paid expense, R&D is now a cost that many small businesses cannot afford,” said Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV) in a speech on the House floor last month.
- The overwhelming majority—89%—of respondents to the NAM’s Q4 2023 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey said higher tax burdens on manufacturing would make it more difficult for them to hire, buy new equipment, and expand their facilities.
It’s critical that the Senate now also pass the measure, the NAM said.
- “Manufacturers thank [House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA)] and [House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO)] for their leadership in passing the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act—and the bipartisan work in the House and Senate to secure progress for America’s manufacturing workers,” NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said in a social post on Wednesday night.
- “Manufacturers are now counting on the Senate to act quickly to restore these provisions that are absolutely critical to strengthening America’s competitiveness and growth of manufacturing in America.”
- Added Ketchie President and Owner and NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Chair Courtney Silver, “This just isn’t about numbers on my financial statements and my tax returns—this is about taking care of the people here [at Ketchie] and in communities across this country…. Let’s restore some common-sense tax provisions, and let’s support our American manufacturers across our country.”