Congress and the Undernourished Corporation

April 1982
National Review;4/30/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p467
The article discusses the impact of the U.S. government's uncertainty over tax-leasing laws on corporations. United Airlines Inc. has asked Boeing Co. to stop work on its 20 jetliners until the Congress decides whether to modify the law on tax-leasing credits or not, which was passed last year. Under the law, an unprofitable company which cannot use investment tax credits because it pays no taxes, can in effect sell its credits to a profitable company, which uses them to reduce its own taxes. The unprofitable firm sells to the profitable firm, and then leases back, the equipment on which the credits are taken. There is a need for the government to change these tax laws only if it can provide investors with reasonable certainty in the future.


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