Industry groups point out positives in tax reform

Dec. 6, 2017
Industry groups point out positives in tax reform

Industry groups generally see the current tax reform effort as a big plus for the US economy.

The American Trucking Associations issued the following statement commending the United States Senate for passing tax reform legislation:

“Major tax reform is now on the cusp of becoming law and igniting America’s economic engine,” said Chris Spear, president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations. “Reforming this onerous tax code will enable trucking companies large and small to invest more into their businesses, creating good middle-income jobs and stimulating growth up and down the supply chain.”

Dave Manning, chairman of ATA and president of TCW Inc, said: “We see every day--in our operations, and those of our customers--what tax reform will do to get the economy moving ahead at full speed. A growing economy means more trucks on our roads to keep store shelves stocked and Americans’ homes filled.”

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E Sandherr, issued the following statement:

"The association has long advocated for comprehensive tax reform, especially considering that construction employers pay the highest effective rate of any industry at 30.3%. The Senate tax reform bill has been substantially improved over the course of the past few days and we support its passage.

"It is important to note that most construction firms are organized as pass-through entities, such as S corporations and partnerships that are taxed at personal rather than corporate tax rates. While the Senate proposal has wisely increased the pass-through deduction from 17.4% to 23%, the fact that the cut is temporary is concerning. We also remain disappointed that infrastructure was largely overlooked in the tax reform process. This is a missed opportunity.

"Assuming the tax reform legislation moves to a House-Senate conference committee, the association and its 26,000 member firms will continue to advocate for permanent changes to the tax code that benefit the majority of small and medium-sized construction firms that pay taxes as pass-through entities. And we will continue to push Congress and the administration to work together to swiftly enact measures to increase investments needed to improve our aging and over-burdened infrastructure."