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Why the HVAC Industry Benefits from Tax Reform

May 4, 2017

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry may stand to benefit from an updated tax code that could reduce the depreciation period on older equipment. 

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) last week made it public their support for any tax reform from the Trump Administration.

“We are encouraged by the President’s willingness to work with Congress to make needed reforms to our tax system, says AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress on ways to improve the current system and spur economic growth by allowing companies to expense the full cost of capital equipment in the tax year purchased, or at least reduce the depreciation period to be more aligned with the useful life of our equipment.”

The AHRI mentions that the current depreciation period for capital HVACR and water heating equipment is set at 39 years in the tax code, in some cases more than double its useful life. Further, AHRI argues that depreciation period or even allowing for full expensing in the first year, will encourage the purchase of new, more efficient, more environmentally friendly equipment that will lower costs for businesses and create jobs.

“Economic growth can also be spurred and jobs created by bringing the corporate tax rate more in line with those of other industrialized nations. Reducing the top rate would promote economic growth, allow U.S. companies to more effectively compete in the global marketplace, and attract foreign investment to the U.S,” says the AHRI President.

To read more on tax reform issues and AHRI’s policy views and resources, visit their website here. 

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