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Act Extends SBA Programs, Tax Provisions

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September 24, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Small Business Jobs Act Thursday (Sept. 23) by a vote of 237-187, the Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association (RVDA) announced in a news release.

The bill increases the loan limits on Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed 7(a) loans from $2 million to as much as $5 million. This impacts the SBA’s year-old dealer floorplan program (DFP), which has struggled to attract participation from lenders. The bill has now cleared both the House and Senate, and President Obama is expected to sign the bill in a few days.

Earlier this year, RVDA and its allies submitted comments aimed at improving the SBA’s dealer floor plan program, which was set to expire after one year at the end of September. Some of RVDA’s comments are reflected in the final bill, including a three-year extension of the floorplan program and the higher loan limits. Other provisions of the bill include the creation of a $30 billion fund that provides capital to small community banks to prompt small business lending, and $12 billion in tax breaks for businesses.

Other important provisions of the bill include:

  • $1.5 billion to support existing state small business credit initiatives.
  • Small businesses would be able to immediately expense up to $250,000 in capital spending. The bill also extends tax provisions that allow all businesses to more quickly write off purchases of new equipment and other depreciable property.
  • To encourage investments in small businesses, the bill would exclude some small business stock sales from capital gains taxes.
  • Small business deductibles for start-up costs would be doubled to $10,000.
  • The bill frees up capital by allowing small businesses to carry back general business tax credits to offset taxes paid over the previous five years, instead of the current one year carry back. Anything left over can be carried forward for 20 years.
  • The bill’s cost is to be offset by revenue-raising provisions aimed at clarifying and tightening tax rules, including tightening eligibility for a tax credit on corrosive biofuels such as crude tall oil, a by-product of paper manufacturing.

Click here for more information on SBA Loan Programs in RVDA’s Lenders Toolbox.

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