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CCAGW Joins Coalition Supporting the Accelerate Long-term Investment Growth Now (ALIGN) Act

Letters to Officials

March 30, 2023

The Honorable James Lankford
316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Jodey Arrington
1107 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Senator Lankford and Representative Arrington:

On behalf of the undersigned taxpayer, consumer, and free market advocates, we applaud you for introducing the Accelerate Long-term Investment Growth Now (ALIGN) Act, which would make permanent full and immediate expensing for American investments in machinery and equipment, also known as 100 percent bonus depreciation. Your efforts, if successful, would grow the U.S. economy and create jobs – especially in the country’s manufacturing sector.

As you know, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provided companies with the opportunity to fully and immediately expense their investments in short-lived assets that make the American workforce more productive, like machinery, equipment, and software. However, this 100 percent bonus depreciation was only in effect from 2018 through 2022, and starting this year is phasing down 20 percentage points per year. By 2027, there will be no bonus depreciation allowed for these investments at all.

Any allowance of bonus depreciation for tangible property in the federal tax code offers benefits for U.S. workers, companies, and the economy writ large. When businesses can more quickly recover the costs of assets that are eligible for bonus depreciation, they invest more in those assets. Bonus depreciation also reduces tax administrative burdens for companies by allowing the full and immediate deduction of expenses rather than requiring businesses to deduct those costs over several years. Tax Foundation estimated in November 2022 that making 100 percent bonus depreciation permanent would increase GDP by 0.4 percent, increase wages by 0.3 percent, and increase full-time equivalent employment by 73,000 jobs.1

Your legislation, the ALIGN Act, would make 100 percent bonus depreciation permanent, canceling the phasedown in bonus depreciation that begins this year. Similar legislation in the 117th Congress was supported by 17 senators2 and 123 representatives.3 Furthermore, some level of bonus depreciation for short-lived assets has been a feature of the tax code in 21 of the past 23 years – often gaining the support of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.4 Republican presidential administrations and Democratic presidential administrations, including the Obama Treasury Department in 2010,5 have made the forceful case for the economic benefits of 100 percent bonus depreciation.

We believe that 100 percent bonus depreciation would accelerate economic growth, create American jobs, improve productivity, and grow wages. Thank you again for your thoughtful leadership on the vital issue of making 100 percent bonus depreciation permanent.


National Taxpayers Union 

60 Plus Association 

American Consumer Institute 

Americans for Prosperity 

Americans for Tax Reform 

Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) Action 

Center for a Free Economy 

Center for Freedom and Prosperity 

Center for Individual Freedom 

Consumer Action for a Strong Economy 

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste 

Independent Women's Voice 

Institute for Liberty 

Taxpayers Protection Alliance 

CC: The Honorable Ron Wyden, Chair, Senate Committee on Finance

The Honorable Mike Crapo, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance

The Honorable Jason Smith, Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

The Honorable Richard Neal, Ranking Member, House Committee on Ways and Means

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