Congressman Gary Peters today introduced the American Job Creation and Investment Act, a bill he authored to provide business tax relief estimated to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Peters was joined in introducing the bill with cosponsors John Larson (D-CT), David Reichert (R-WA) and Patrick Tiberi (R-OH). The legislation would allow companies to use existing Alternative Minimum Tax credits they now hold but otherwise must save for future years to be used this year for job creation, retention or capital investments.
Rep. Peters' bill is estimated to directly create over 65,000 new jobs and help businesses retain an additional 170,000 jobs in 2010 and 2011, plus spur $40 billion in additional job creating investment. A wide array of companies and industry associations endorse the bill, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, Association for Manufacturing Technology, Associated Builders and Contractors Association, Delta/Northwest Airlines, General Motors, CMS Energy, Bosch and many more.
"This is an incredibly efficient and common sense way to spur job creation," said Congressman Gary Peters. "Companies are sitting on these tax credits but under current law cannot use them until future years. This bill will allow them to use the tax credits they've accrued to create jobs now when we need them most."
"Businesses across my district -- and the entire country -- continue to struggle just to keep their doors open," Rep. Reichert said. "The last thing we need to do is make it more difficult for them to retain workers or invest in their businesses. Our proposal is a common-sense approach that will use the tax code to provide another source of capital that businesses can use to produce more goods and services while retaining and creating new jobs."
Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, said, "This bill will make it easier for companies around the country to speed up hiring and put more Americans back to work. Businesses are the engine of job creation in this country. When we make it easier for them to hire and invest in their business, we are helping to revitalize our economy for the long term. This bill will help every sector of our economy including, manufacturers, energy companies, auto companies and high tech. I commend my colleague Gary Peters, a member of the Democratic Caucus Jobs Task Force, for his creative bi-partisan approach to finding solutions to the unemployment crisis."
"This bill would give employers tools they need to create jobs," said Congressman Tiberi, Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue. "This is another policy we can put in place that allows businesses to expand and creates long-term growth and permanent job creation."
Congressman Peters has been working on this issue with Senator Debbie Stabenow, who introduced similar bipartisan legislation in the Senate with Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT). The Stabenow/Hatch legislation was included as part of the Senate jobs bill (H.R. 4213, the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act) that passed on March 10. Congressman Peters is now leading the effort to get the legislation passed in the House on its own or as part of a larger jobs package, authoring the bill and securing the cosponsorship of influential leaders in both parties.
A full summary of the American Job Creation and Investment Act follows:
The American Job Creation and Investment Act
Outline of Proposal
This proposal would allow struggling companies that do not benefit from similarly-designed incentives to use existing alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits for future years this year instead to create jobs and invest in their businesses.
Current tax law requires corporations to compute their tax liabilities under the regular income tax and corporate AMT and pay whichever is greater. Though it adheres to many of the rules of the regular tax, the corporate AMT applies a lower and fixed statutory rate to a broader definition of taxable income and a less generous set of deductions.
AMT Credit Explanation
Differences in the timing of certain deductions, especially for depreciation allowances, account for a significant amount of the increase in tax liability under the corporate AMT. Firms paying the corporate AMT are granted a credit for those payments, which may be used only to offset future regular taxes at a time of positive tax liability. Companies with unused AMT credits essentially are making interest-free loans to the federal government, to be repaid only when the company has sufficient regular income tax liability in the future. Currently, the economic benefit of AMT credits is denied at precisely the time companies are in greatest financial need
Creation of jobs and new investment
This would help companies create new jobs and invest in new manufacturing facilities and equipment. For 2010 and 2011, companies would be able to utilize their existing AMT credits up to: (1) 20% of new employee wages capped at $20,000 per employee per year and (2) 20% of new investments in manufacturing facilities and equipment purchased or placed into service in 2010 and 2011.
Retention of jobs
A company would also be allowed to utilize existing AMT credits to help retain jobs in the U.S. AMT credit utilization would be capped at 10% of the companies' domestic wages and based on their 2009 U.S. employment not to exceed $10,000 per employee.
This program would apply only for 2010 and 2011, to encourage rapid utilization. To further accelerate the economic impact of allowing companies to utilize their AMT credits, the proposal would allow for an expedited refund process similar to current laws for net operating losses.
Job Creation and New Investment Estimates
- Over 65,000 new jobs created in 2010 and 2011
- Over 170,000 retained jobs in 2010 and 2011
- Over $40 billion in new investment in 2010 and 2011, which will have a substantial multiplier effect, creating significant numbers of additional jobs
Broad Industry Support
- This proposal helps multiple sectors of the economy including: manufacturers, airlines, energy companies, auto companies and suppliers, and high tech.
- The companies and industry groups that support this proposal include: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Associated Builders and Contractors Association, American Airlines, Bosch, CMS Energy, Delta/Northwest Airlines, General Motors, and many more.