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Plastics Industry Association likes GOP tax reform package


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November 6, 2017 by Canadian Plastics

The Plastics Industry Association, the leading plastic industry group in the U.S., has come out in favour of the Republican’s new tax reform proposal, in particular its lower corporate tax rate.

In a Nov. 2 statement, Plastics Industry Association president and CEO Bill Carteaux gave his support to provisions in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that would “help the new manufacturing economy, and assist our members in their effort to continue to succeed, grow and create jobs.”

Bill Carteaux.

A reduction in the corporate tax rate from the current 35% to 20% was a priority of the Washington, D.C.-based trade group, as was the preservation of the tax credit for research and development and the ability to use 529 education savings for apprenticeship programs. In his statement, Carteaux drew attention to the proposal’s preservation of the R&D tax credit, which he called “critical” for the industry, and the ability to use 529 education savings for apprenticeship programs. “Allowing families to use post-secondary education savings for good-paying, quality career options in the manufacturing sector will help address the industry workforce needs and help provide career options for those who may not best be served by four-year university degree programs,” said Carteaux.

“Earlier this year during the 2017 Plastics Industry Fly-In, men and women from around the country who depend on America’s plastics manufacturing industry came to Washington to advocate for measures that would help create jobs and make their industry more globally competitive,” said Carteaux. “Among those priorities were a lower corporate tax rate, immediate expensing of capital investments, and the preservation of the research and development tax credit.”

“We look forward to continuing our work with the administration and bipartisan leadership in Congress as this important tax package moves forward in the coming weeks,” Carteaux added.