NFIB and Business Association Leaders Urge Congressional Action on Small Business Expensing

Date: June 09, 2014

NFIB & Business Association Leaders Urge Congressional Action on Small Business Expensing
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Kelly Hoffman 202-314-2054 or
NFIB & Business Association Leaders Urge Congressional Action on Small Business Expensing
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 9, 2014 — Today NFIB and 154 business associations delivered a unified message by sending a multi-industry signed letter to the United States House of Representatives calling upon Congress to pass H.R. 4457, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act. H.R. 4457 would provide permanent expensing levels that meet small business owners’ needs, reduce uncertainty for planning and streamline recordkeeping.
“Historically, small business expensing has been a common-sense, bipartisan policy that has been extended on an ad-hoc basis,” said NFIB Manager of Legislative Affairs Matt Turkstra. “By making this popular and effective tax provision permanent, small businesses can streamline recordkeeping, invest in their business and purchase equipment or other business improvements from their local community. Members of Congress often say they want to help small business – well this is a way to help right now. It is time to make small business expensing permanent.”
Small business expensing, known as Section 179 in the tax code, allows small businesses to immediately deduct the full value of equipment in the same year the investment is made, instead of depreciating the investments over time. This simplifies accounting and frees up cash to be reinvested and grow the business.
Despite broad bipartisan support, small business expensing fell from $500,000 to $25,000 this year because previous extensions were temporary.  H.R. 4457, the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014, would provide small businesses with expensing levels that are permanent, predictable and at a level adequate to their needs.

Read the letter (PDF) and learn more about small business expensing at
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Business Associations Signing the Letter

Academy of General Dentistry
Advanced Medical Technology Association’s Emerging Growth Company Council
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Agricultural Retailers Association
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Association of Small Property Owners
American Composites Manufacturers Association
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Dental Association
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Foundry Society
American Loggers Council
American Moving & Storage Association
American Rental Association
American Road & Transportation Builders Association
American Society of Travel Agents
American Sugarbeet Growers Association
American Supply Association
American Truck Dealers
Americans for Tax Reform
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Arizona Small Business Association
Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors - Greater Tennessee Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Associated Equipment Distributors
Associated General Contractors
Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry
Auto Care Association
Aviation Suppliers Association
California Farm Bureau Federation
Carolinas Food Industry Council
CCIM Institute
Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey
Clean Water Construction Coalition
Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association
Construction Industry Round Table
Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Delaware Retail Council
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association
Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)
Independent Electrical Contractors
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Manufacturers Association
Industrial Supply Association
Inland Pacific Chapter Associated Builders & Contractors
Institute of Real Estate Management
International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD)
International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association
International Council of Shopping Centers
International Dairy Foods Association
International Franchise Association
International Warehouse Logistics Association
Irrigation Association
ISSA — The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
Louisiana Logging Council
Metals Service Center Institute
Michigan Association of Timbermen
Michigan Grocers Association
Missouri Forest Products Association
Modification and Replacement Parts Association
Montana Equipment Dealers Association
Montana Restaurant Association
Montana Retail Association
Montana Tire
Dealers Association
National Apartment Association
National Association of Chemical Distributers
National Association of Convenience Stores
National Association of Electrical Distributors
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of REALTORS®
National Association of Shell Marketers
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Association of Wholesaler - Distributors
National Automobile Dealers Association
National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA)
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Confectioners Association
National Corn Growers Association
National Cotton Council
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association
National Fastener Distributors Association
National Federation of Independent Business
National Funeral Directors Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Grocers Association
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
National Marine Distributors Association
National Multifamily Housing Council
National Pork Producers Council
National Potato Council
National Propane Gas Association
National Restaurant Association
National Retail Federation
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Small Business Association
National Sorghum Producers
National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA)
NATSO, Representing America's Truckstops and Travel Plazas
New Jersey Business & Industry Association
Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society
North Carolina Retail Merchants Association
North Country Chamber of Commerce
North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors
Northern Arizona Loggers Association
NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies
NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry
Ohio Grocers Association
Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association
Pacific-West Fastener Association
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa
Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association
Printing Industries of America
Professional Logging Contractors of Maine.
S Corporation Association
SC Timber Producers Association
Selected Independent Funeral Homes
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Small Business Legislative Counsel
Society of American Florists
South Carolina Retail Association
SouthWestern Association
Specialty Equipment Market Association
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association
Textile Care Allied Trades Association
The Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association (OPEESA)
Tire Industry Association
Truck Renting and Leasing Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United Egg Producers
United Producers, Inc.
USA Rice Federation
Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey
Western Growers Association
Western United Dairymen
Wichita Independent Business Association
Wisconsin Grocers Association
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

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