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The Business Case for Letting High-End Tax Cuts Expire

Posted on: November 20, 2010

It makes good business sense to let temporary tax rates for the highest income brackets expire and revert to 1990s levels on January 1, 2011 as scheduled. Families should keep tax cuts on their income below $250,000, but well-off families should not get extra tax cuts on their income above $250,000.

Congress should not let Wall Street and big business CEOs hide behind small business to justify a budget-busting $700 billion tax giveaway over the next decade that would be even more harmful for Main Street than it was the last decade. Instead, Congress should build on constructive action like the Small Business Jobs Act and the overdue infrastructure investment we need to create jobs and stay competitive in the global economy.

Small business hiring is driven by customer demand, not tax rates

“Expecting high-end tax cuts to trickle down as job creation is about as reasonable as pouring gasoline on your hood and expecting it to fuel your engine. I’ve run a small business for more than 30 years. When people tell you that small business owners will use the money they save from lower tax rates to hire someone, they’ve got it backwards. Either they’ve never run a small business or they’re trying to mislead you. My tax rate doesn’t effect hiring. If I think I can do more business, my company will hire more workers. The costs of finding, hiring and paying new employees are business expenses. They’re deducted up front from our taxable income.”
—Lew Prince, Managing Partner, Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis, MO.

“The idea that ending the Bush cuts for the top brackets will hamper small businesses’ ability to reinvest is a red herring. I’m an average small business owner in Nebraska. I have 30 employees. My business does $2 million plus in annual sales. My personal income as the owner is less than $85,000 a year. The sales dollars I reinvest by hiring more employees or buying equipment don’t pass through onto my tax return. As a fellow businessman once told me, ‘Give me more customers and I’ll be forced to buy equipment and hire people to meet demand. Give me a tax break without more customers and I’ll just go to Aruba.’”
— Rick Poore, Owner, Design Wear Inc., Lincoln, NE.

“All across our country, families are fighting for their jobs, their businesses, their homes, their children’s education and their retirements. Congress and President Obama should be focusing like a laser on energizing Main Street business and job creation – not repeating policies that led to the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. No amount of smoke and mirrors can change the clear truth of history: the American economy created just 1.1 million jobs net under the policies of the Bush Administration, while creating 22.7 million jobs under the Clinton Administration. The Bush administration inherited a large budget surplus and left behind a giant budget deficit, economic meltdown and crumbling infrastructure. The high-end Bush-era tax cuts are contributing to our financial ruin rather than our economic success. They should expire as scheduled on December 31.”
—Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

“The subjects of the state ought to contribute toward the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state.”
—Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations.

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