Biofuel, bioenergy groups urge Congress to act on tax extenders

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Several biofuel and bioenergy groups are among nearly 70 trade organizations that sent a letter to congressional leadership last month urging the passage of tax extenders legislation before the 116th Congress adjourns sine die.

“Numerous tax extenders are currently set to expire at the end of 2020,” the groups wrote. “Previous lapses of these temporary tax provisions have caused confusion and hardship for the many industry sectors and individuals that utilize these tax incentives. Allowing these tax extenders to lapse at the end of 2020 would undermine their effectiveness, threaten thousands of jobs in the U.S. economy and cause needless uncertainty for taxpayers at a time when many are coping with severe economic hardship. These measures have a direct impact on hiring, job retention, and business investment and their extension would have a positive impact on an economy in serious need of recovery.

“Giving taxpayers stable tax rules by providing an uninterrupted extension of expiring tax provisions is a common-sense step Congress can take to help America’s entrepreneurs and job-creators navigate challenging economic times,” they continued. Accordingly, we respectfully ask that you act to seamlessly address tax extenders before the beginning of the next Congress.”

According to the Congressional Research Service, the production tax credit for renewable electricity, the second generation (cellulosic) biofuel producer credit, the special depreciation allowance for second generation (cellulosic) biofuel plant property, and the credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property are among the tax credits scheduled to expire at the end of this year. The blenders tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel is currently set to expire at the end of 2022.

The Renewable Fuels Association, Advanced Biofuels Association, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, American Biogas Council, Biomass Power Association, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Growth Energy, and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas are among the groups that signed the letter.

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