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Tax Policy Implications for Recyclers

As was reported in ISRI’s Scrap Policy and Advocacy News, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have released their respective versions of comprehensive tax reform packages which would lower rates and eliminate deductions in order to simplify the tax code for many companies and individuals.

Key provisions at the time this article was written include:

  • Depreciation or expensing for capital would be enlarged to 100 percent in the first year. The provision would sunset (expire) in five (5) years. Currently, qualified recycling equipment may be expensed at 50 percent in the first year.
  • IC-DISC survived in the Senate version after it was slated to be eliminated. The House version did not include an alienation provision.
  • With several policy differences between the two proposals, both Chambers must reconcile their bills before going to the president for his signature.
  • Both Chambers will soon vote to ‘Conference’ their respective bills together.

Why it’s important:

Scrap processing is a capital-intensive industry with many scrap processors filing their taxes as “pass-through” entities. Lowering tax rates, expanding expensing, and eliminating certain favorable tax allowances could have significant impacts on most scrap companies large and small. 

For more information, please contact Billy Johnson at (202) 662-8548.

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