The NFIB Small Business Legal Center has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas supporting Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi in their challenge to the provision of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that would prevent states from using federal funds for state tax relief for small business owners.
“Small businesses are struggling to recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and need as much financial relief as they can get,” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. “Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act to ease the financial pressure on employers, but a provision that blocks states from cutting taxes erodes state sovereignty and hurts local businesses.”
NFIB State Director Annie Spilman said, “The restrictions put on federal dollars under the American Rescue Plan are counterproductive and prevent state officials from taking the steps necessary to help us continue the recovery process. ”
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 made funds available to states if and only if states agree to not pass any laws or take any administrative actions that decrease their net revenue, whether that decrease comes through tax credits, rebates, reductions in tax credits, or new or expanded deductions. NFIB believes the court should block this unprecedented tax mandate and grant the states’ motion for a preliminary injunction.
The NFIB Small Business Legal Center protects the rights of small business owners in the nation’s courts. NFIB is currently active in over 40 cases in federal and state courts across the country and in the U.S. Supreme Court.