Congress’s R&D tax change hurts innovators like America’s engineering companies that work every day to make communities better — from cleaner air and water to safer buildings and bridges.
The tax change went into effect in 2022 and forces firms to amortize R&D costs over five years, instead of deducting expenses the year they occurred.
The misguided change creates a disincentive for investment in innovation and places the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that provide greater incentives for R&D.
ACEC urges America's Representatives and Senators to cosponsor and support the American Innovation and R&D Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2673) and the American Innovation and Jobs Act (S.866) to fix this mistake in the tax code.
Now is the time to fix the tax so that innovators can get back to building the solutions America needs.
R&D Amortization is an Industry-Wide Concern
R&D amortization isn't just a problem for big companies. In fact, 58% of engineering firms surveyed by the ACEC Research Institute indicated they conduct R&D spending. Among those impacted, the average will be a loss of nearly $1.5 million (median loss of $400,000). Source: ACEC Research Institute 2023 Q4 Engineering Business Sentiment Survey.
Read a one-page issue summary explaining how 5-year amortization of research and development expenses will harm America's engineering businesses.
Urge your Representatives and Senators to repeal R&D amortization to protect innovation in America's engineering industry. Send a letter if you are an ACEC member. If not, call your member of Congress at (202) 224-3121.
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Hear directly from America's engineering firm leaders about how the 5-year amortization of R&D expenses affects their ability to hire new employees, grow, or in some cases stay in business.
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