GE Loves The Deal

In General Interest by Jonathan Tasini0 Comments

Another day, another tidbit of info to shine the light on the awful tax bill passed (I guess we can call it Obama-McConnell?). Corporations are getting off, again, with big breaks that make no sense.

Citizens for Tax Justice, again, has the info:

Meanwhile, the tax loopholes that allow profitable corporations like General Electric (GE) to avoid taxes were actually extended as part of the fiscal cliff deal. The law includes a package of provisions often called the “extenders” because they extend several special interest breaks for one or two years each. The extenders officially only add $76 billion to the costs of the law, but a recent CTJ report explains how their cost is likely to be far greater because Congress has shown a desire to extend these provisions again each time they expire.

One of the “extenders” is the one-year extension of “bonus depreciation,” which allows companies to write off the costs of equipment purchases far more quickly than those assets actually wear out. When these purchases are debt-financed, the result is that these investments have a negative effective tax rate, meaning the investments are actually more profitable after-tax than before tax. While corporations don’t usually reveal exactly which loopholes facilitate their tax avoidance, this one is certainly among those used effectively by GE and the other corporate tax dodgers identified in CTJ’s reports.

“Extenders” must also refer to the pain extended on the country by these deals that put even more burden on the working person.

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