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Skaer-Tactics: HVACR Hope on the Obama Horizon

January 5, 2009
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Just in case you did not hear the obvious, President-elect Barack Obama declared that the national economy was “bad and getting worse” as he began crisis talks this week with congressional leaders on emergency action.

Though Obama did not disclose his entire proposed stimulus package, there is belief that a provision in it would award a one-year tax credit to companies that hire new workers, and would provide other incentives for business investment in new equipment. Details will be revealed soon enough, but the industry is looking for more incentives regarding the purchase of more energy-efficient HVACR systems. This would be a big boost for the industry, that’s for sure.

According to Associated Press reports, Obama's proposal to stimulate the economy includes tax cuts of up to $300 billion, including $500 tax cuts for most workers and $1,000 for couples, as well as more than $100 billion for businesses. The total value of the tax cuts would be significantly higher than had been signaled earlier. New federal spending, also aimed at boosting the tight economy, could push the overall package to the range of $800 billion or so.

According to most reports, the tax cuts for individuals and couples would be similar to the rebate checks sent out last year by the Bush administration and Congress in a bid at that time to boost the slowing economy. A key difference, however, is that the tax cuts this time around may be awarded through withholding less from worker paychecks. That provision would cost about $140-150 billion over two years, according to reports.

For businesses, Obama’s plan would also allow firms incurring losses last year to take a credit against profits dating back five years instead of the two years currently allowed. This is good news for the contractor-owner, right?

It should be interesting to see what unfolds after Obama takes office on Jan. 20. Here’s hoping the HVACR industry is not left in the cold in the new president’s term.

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