Mar 28, 2019
Retailers urge Congress to fix tax bill error delaying investment

The National Retail Federation urged Congress to support bipartisan legislation introduced today in the House that would fix a drafting error in the tax reform law that took effect in 2018. The error relating to depreciation rules is delaying millions of dollars in job-creating investments in stores and restaurants across the country.

“After more than a year of uncertainty for retailers and restaurants caused by this tax bill error, we’re pleased to see momentum building in the House and Senate to finally resolve this issue,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “This unintended error is forcing many businesses to delay remodeling projects and decline opportunities to purchase or lease new retail locations that require improvements. Ultimately, that means fewer jobs and less economic development in local communities. We thank Representatives Panetta and Walorski for their bipartisan work to restore job-creating investments that have been put on hold, and we urge all members of the House to join them.”

NRF sent a letter to members of the House urging them to cosponsor the Restoring Investment in Improvements Act and “allow retailers and restaurants to move forward with investments in their stores.” Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate earlier this month.

The Restoring Investment in Improvements Act, introduced by Representatives Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., would correct the error in the tax law and allow retailers and restaurants to write off the full cost of improvement projects immediately, dramatically reducing the expense and making it far more likely that the projects — and the economic benefits that come with them — would go forward.




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