Support Repeal of the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on New Heavy-Duty Trucks (H.R. 2946)
Congress imposes a 12 percent federal excise tax (FET) on the sale of most new heavy-duty trucks. This tax often adds as much as $22,000 or more to the price of a new heavy-duty truck. The FET depresses new heavy-duty truck sales and delays the deployment
of cleaner, safer and more fuel-efficient trucks. This burdensome tax is in addition to the nearly $40,000 in recent federal emissions and fuel-economy mandates that will make it harder for small businesses to afford a new heavy-duty truck.
The FET is a complex and difficult tax to administer, and truck dealers incur considerable costs navigating IRS regulations and paperwork associated with collecting this retail tax. Additionally, since the FET is based on annual sales, which can vary
greatly, the tax also fails to provide certainty to the highway trust fund (HTF), where its revenue is deposited. This excise tax has been the most inconsistent source of revenue for the HTF over the past twenty years. Congress should include H.R.
2946, a bill that would repeal the FET, in a potential infrastructure bill to end this onerous tax that hampers economic growth. Enactment of this bill would directly benefit the 7.4 million Americans employed in trucking-related jobs. Representatives should cosponsor H.R. 2946 to spur new-truck sales and promote the entry of cleaner and safer trucks to modernize the trucking fleet.
Bill Text for H.R.2946 – Heavy Truck, Tractor, and Trailer Retail Federal Excise Tax Repeal Act of 2017
➢ Cosponsors for H.R. 2946
➢ Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) Letter to House Leadership on H.R. 2946
➢ Dear Colleague Letter for H.R. 2946
➢ ATD Press Release Supporting H.R. 2946
➢ ATD Press Release Supporting S. 3052
➢ Transport Topics: Industry Supports Repeal of Federal Excise Tax by Jodie Teuton, ATD Chairwoman
Support Like-Kind Exchange (LKE) Transition Rules for Personal Property
The recently enacted tax reform bill (H.R. 1) repealed the use of like-kind exchanges (LKE) for personal property. Truck dealers and their customers used LKEs to facilitate fleet turnover and purchase new trucks by deferring the recognition of gain on
the exchange of existing business assets (i.e. older leased trucks) when replacing them with new products (i.e. new leased trucks). This change in the law has left some truck dealerships that have significant LKE deferments with an additional tax
liability that will create a large one-time tax bill that could severely curtail cash flow. Congress should pass transition rules for LKE deferments that allow businesses additional time to pay this new tax liability so they can continue to create jobs and invest in their businesses.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Phase 2):
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles
Highway Trust Fund
Read ATD's testimony regarding the Highway Trust Fund:
U.S. House Testimony |
U.S. Senate Testimony