The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) urged Congress in a September 15 letter “to immediately address the fifty-seven tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013 and the six tax provisions that expire at the end of 2014.”
Congress began consideration of extenders legislation earlier this year, the AICPA stated, but “America’s businesses and individuals are still faced with uncertainty in planning and compliance as we quickly approach the fourth quarter.”
House and Senate action on the tax extenders is necessary as soon as possible “to avoid further distortions in financial reporting, prevent unnecessary delays in the tax filing season, and end all of the needless uncertainty,” stated the letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
Taxpayers and tax practitioners need certainty to perform any long-term tax, cash-flow or financial planning and reporting. If Congress does not act soon, the AICPA stated it is concerned about the following consequences:
- The impact on a company’s financial accounting and reporting;
- The increase in complexity and administrative burden for taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS);
- The adverse impact on small businesses and, ultimately, jobs and growth; and
- The effect on economic decisions and tax payments.
Some in Congress have wanted to consider the tax extenders as part of tax reform legislation, but, since it appears that comprehensive tax reform will not happen by the end of the year, the AICPA told lawmakers “the immediate passage of tax extender legislation is crucial, and will not diminish the Country’s need for permanent tax rules or impact Congress’ ability to achieve tax reform in the coming years.”