U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Reach Deal on Omnibus, Tax Extenders

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have reached a deal on both the Omnibus spending package and extending certain expired tax provisions commonly referred to as “extenders.” 

The FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, a $1.1 trillion spending package, will fund the government through Sept. 30, 2016. The last time Congress passed appropriations bills individually was in 1994. A summary of the bill can be found here. The House is slated to hold a vote on the Omnibus Friday.

With a president with an anti-business agenda, many issues of importance to ABC members did not make it past the House and Senate negotiations. We will look toward 2016 to further our agenda.

Congress also made permanent several of ABC’s high priority tax extenders, including several key provisions mentioned by ABC member Rich Shavell in testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee earlier in December. The currently expired provisions that were made permanent include:
  • Increased expensing of new property and equipment under Section 179
  • The research and development tax credit
  • 15-year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold, restaurant and retail improvements
  • Five-year recognition period for S corporation built-in-gains
In addition, the following construction-related tax provisions were extended temporarily:
  • Bonus depreciation (five years)
  • Work opportunity tax credits (five years)
  • Empowerment/Enterprise Zone tax credits (two years)
  • 179D deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings (two years)
All expired extenders were renewed through at least the 2016 tax year, depending on the specific provision. For more details, click here