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Estimating Neutral Cost Recovery’s Impact on Affordable Housing

Housing affordability was a major issue even before the COVID-19 crisis and corresponding recession, but the current economic hardship has made it more salient. Immediate support for people struggling makes sense now, but lawmakers should also consider long-term solutions to the problem of high rents, namely by expanding the supply of housing. Improving the tax […]

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1980s Tax Reform, Cost Recovery, and the Real Estate Industry: Lessons for Today

Key Findings Allowing companies to fully and immediately deduct investments in structures is one of the most cost-efficient ways lawmakers can stimulate investment, create jobs, and boost GDP during a post-pandemic recovery. Changes to depreciation schedules in the two pieces of major tax legislation in the 1980s influenced investment in real estate and have since […]

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Attracting Manufacturing to the U.S. Should Start with Neutral Tax Treatment, Not Subsidies

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains, worsened geopolitical tensions with China, and produced a spike in unemployment. These trends have combined to make bringing jobs back from overseas a politically valuable idea. There are several tax-related bills in Congress intended to incentivize specific industries to come back to the United States. But before […]

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Improved Cost Recovery Is A Wide-Ranging Policy Solution

Investment comes in a variety of forms—be it private or public investments ranging from rural broadband and 5G to health care infrastructure and innovation. But not all investment is equal in terms of its effects on productivity and economic growth. While the common perception tends to be that public infrastructure is more productive than private […]

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Neutral Cost Recovery and Expensing: Frequently Asked Questions

What is cost recovery? Cost recovery is the way the tax code permits firms to recover (or deduct) the cost of making investments. It plays an important role in defining a firm’s taxable income and can impact investment decisions. If the tax code does not have a way for firms to fully recover their investment […]

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Did 1986 Tax Reform Hurt Affordable Housing?

As Tax Foundation president Scott Hodge wrote in a recent blog post, improving the tax treatment of residential investments is a good way to reduce construction costs and build more affordable housing. Under current law, when a company invests in building a new structure, it must deduct the cost of that investment over multiple decades. […]

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Estimated Impact of Improved Cost Recovery Treatment by State

Removing the tax code’s bias against long-term investment by implementing a neutral cost recovery system (NCRS) for structures and full expensing for other assets is estimated to increase economic growth and job creation. Using the Tax Foundation General Equilibrium Model, we estimate that permanent full expensing and neutral cost recovery for structures will add more […]

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Improving the Tax Treatment of Residential Buildings Will Stretch Affordable Housing Assistance Dollars Further

A recent Brookings Institution study points out that “even before the COVID-19 crisis, housing affordability and instability were serious problems.” The study outlines a number of goals and strategies for increasing the supply of affordable housing, including federal subsidies, low-cost loans, and grants. These may well be viable solutions, but what is missing are policies […]

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Why Neutral Cost Recovery Is Good for Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has damaged the American economy, as unemployment has skyrocketed. Despite job growth in May, the unemployment rate still sits at more than 13 percent, its highest point since the Great Depression. But even before the pandemic, American workers had experienced slow wage growth, for a variety of reasons. Policies to create jobs […]