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President Obama Albany Visit: Gives Congress To-Do List

President Obama Departs The White House En Route To Albany, New York
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UPDATE @ 1:48:

President Obama, after speaking for 22 minutes, has left the podium at UAlbany. He spoke of the tremendous growth we’ve had here in the Albany area and his vision for seeing that happen in every American city. He spoke about jobs and creating them – and bringing jobs back home from overseas.

The President also outline a to-do list for Congress, joking that there are only a handful of things on the list so that they aren’t overwhelmed. The entire list is posted on the blog of the President via The White House website.

President Obama is at UAlbany today to deliver a speech and to tour the Nanoscience Building. This is the third time President Obama has visited the Albany area since he took office. His first visit was to Hudson Valley Community College, and his second visit was to GE in Schenectady. Check out the preview of his speech after the jump. 

Follow the action in real time via Twitter. Here’s the advance copy from the White House

Congress’ To Do List

1. Reward American Jobs, Eliminate Tax Incentives To Ship Jobs Overseas: Congress needs to attract and keep good jobs in the United States by passing legislation that gives companies a new 20 percent tax credit for the cost of moving their operations back to the U.S. and pay for it by eliminating tax incentives that allow companies to deduct the costs of moving their business abroad.

2. Cut Red Tape So Responsible Homeowners Can Refinance: Congress needs to pass legislation to cut red tape in the mortgage market so that responsible families who have been paying their mortgages on time can feel secure in their home by refinancing at today’s lower rates.

3. Invest in a New Hire Tax Credit For Small Businesses: Congress needs to invest in small businesses and jumpstart new hiring by passing legislation that gives a 10 percent income tax credit for firms that create new jobs or increase wages in 2012 and that extends 100 percent expensing in 2012 for all businesses.

4. Create Jobs By Investing In Affordable Clean Energy: Congress needs to help put America in control of its energy future by passing legislation that will extend the Production Tax Credit to support American jobs and manufacturing alongside an expansion of the 30 percent tax credit to investments in clean energy manufacturing (48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit)

5. Put Returning Veterans to Work Using Skills Developed in the Military: Congress needs to honor our commitment to returning veterans by passing legislation that creates a Veterans Job Corps to help Afghanistan and Iraq veterans get jobs as cops, firefighters, and serving their communities.

Reward American jobs, eliminate tax incentives to ship jobs overseas

The tax code currently allows companies moving operations overseas to deduct their moving expenses – and reduce their taxes in the United States as a result. Congress needs to act to help attract and keep good jobs in the United States by passing legislation that gives companies moving operations back to the U.S. a new 20 percent tax credit for moving expenses and pay for it by ending the tax break that allows companies to deduct expenses associated with moving operations overseas.

• Eliminating Tax Incentives to Ship Jobs Overseas: Congress needs to end the tax break that allows companies to deduct expenses associated with moving operations overseas, while still encouraging companies to assist displaced workers.

How the President’s Plan Would Deny Tax Breaks for Moving Abroad

If a firm shutters a production facility, moves it to another country, and incurs $15 million in expenses for breaking down assembly lines and production equipment, moving expenses to transport equipment abroad, and mothballing the Iowa facility, then under current law:

• The company could reduce its tax burden by $5.25 million dollars, assuming a 35 percent corporate tax rate.

Under the President’s plan:

• This company can no longer deduct the $15 million in moving expenses, eliminating the $5.25 million tax break for shipping the facility overseas.

In denying the deduction for outsourcing firms, the President’s plan does not count the cost of severance and re-training workers.

• And reward businesses bringing jobs back to the United States: Congress should create a new general business credit against income tax equal to 20 percent of the eligible expenses paid or incurred during closing down operations abroad and bringing jobs back to the U.S. In order to qualify for this credit, companies would have to reduce or eliminate a trade or business outside the United States and start up, expand, or move the same trade or business to the United States.

How a Company Would Get a Tax Credit for Bringing Jobs Back to the U.S.

Consider the same firm as above, except they are moving the facility from overseas back to the U.S. If this company were to move a manufacturing plant with 800 employees back to the United States from another country, and incurred $15 million in costs from packaging and transporting equipment, and cleaning up the old facility abroad, then under the President’s plan:

• The company would still be able to deduct the $15 million, saving $5.25 million in taxes and on top of that would receive a 20% credit on its $15 million in expenses – or a $3 million additional income tax benefit.

 

You can watch live coverage of the visit streaming live via our media partner WTEN.

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