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Capitol Hill reintroduces ALIGN to delight of NBAA
Immediate expensing allows eligible taxpayers to deduct the full cost of qualifying capital equipment, including new and used business aircraft, in the first year of ownership. It is part of the ALIGN Act, popular with NBAA.

The NBAA has applauded Senator Pat Toomey and Representative Jodey Arrington for reintroducing the Accelerate Long-Term Investment Growth Now (ALIGN) Act, legislation that will make permanent immediate expensing, also known as bonus depreciation, which is a proven incentive for business aircraft transactions.

Immediate expensing allows eligible taxpayers to deduct the full cost of qualifying capital equipment, including new and used business aircraft, in the first year of ownership. This provision was modified and extended as part of the Tax Cuts and Jos Act, but is scheduled to start being phased out at the end of 2022 and be fully phased out by 2027.

NBAA is a strong supporter of full and immediate expensing, and the policy recently was championed by a broad coalition of leading taxpayer and consumer advocacy organisations. Allowing bonus depreciation to expire could potentially damage the US economy as the country emerges from the devastating and prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to the leadership and commitment of Toomey, Arrington and other co-sponsors, the ALIGN Act, which the lawmakers first proposed in 2020, has been reintroduced to ensure this critical provision becomes a permanent part of the tax code.

“The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, and Congress should enact policies that enable workers and job creators to propel our economic recovery,” Toomey says in a statement. “Allowing businesses to immediately write off purchases of new equipment was one of the most pro-growth features of the 2017 tax reform law. Capital investment grew and workers became more productive, resulting in more jobs and higher wages. Our legislation will make full expensing permanent, providing manufacturers and businesses of all sizes with more certainty regarding investment planning and growth.”

“There's no bigger incentive in the tax code for job creation and economic expansion than allowing businesses, both large and small, to fully and immediately deduct the cost of new investments, equipment and machinery,” notes Arrington. “Unfortunately, this powerful provision will soon phase out, creating uncertainty for businesses as they look to rebound from the economic fallout and prepare for future expansion and innovation.”

NBAA fully endorses these efforts and will mobilise association members and general aviation champions on Capitol Hill to support the effort.

“The ALIGN Act is a critical piece of legislation that recognises the importance of immediate expensing to the growth and recovery of business aviation,” remarks Scott O'Brien, NBAA senior director, government affairs. “Immediate expensing also simplifies the tax code and is a proven incentive for new and pre-owned aircraft transactions.”

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