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Wanda Moebius
July 30, 2013

Ernst & Young Study: Tax Proposals Would Increase Investment by $20.6 Billion – Create 623,000 Jobs

Coalition Tax Proposals Would Benefit American Small Business Innovators

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition of Small Business Innovators (CSBI) released a study today showing that the three proposals supported by the group would increase total investment in small businesses by $20.6 billion and result in an estimated 623,000 jobs.

“Small businesses are a leading force for innovation in America and innovation is key for our economic health and prosperity. Small businesses face significant hurdles to raise the early stage capital required to fund this critical innovation,” said Jeff Hatfield, President and CEO of Vitae Pharmaceuticals. “Under the current tax code, some potentially life-changing seed and start-up technologies are never realized because private capital is not adequately rewarded or incented. We can encourage innovation, build our economy and create jobs by enacting these changes to the tax code.”

The study, conducted by Ernst & Young, analyzes the economic impact of three legislative proposals designed to help small R&D-intensive start-up companies and other small businesses better utilize existing tax provisions, and incentivize investment in small business innovation.

If enacted together, the three proposals would increase total investment by $20.6 billion and result in an estimated 623,000 jobs when indirect and induced economic effects are included.

The proposals also would have a significant impact on investment and employment when considered separately:

  • The R&D partnership structures proposal reforming Section 469 would increase investment by an estimated $10.3 billion per year, resulting in 156,000 additional jobs at affected companies.
  • The reform of Section 382 would increase investment by a total of $5.5 billion per year, resulting in 85,000 additional jobs at affected companies.
  • The extension and expansion of the qualified small business stock provision in Section 1202 would increase investment by $3.6 billion, resulting in 355,000 additional jobs at affected companies.

“Small business innovators require long-term capital investment during the pre-revenue R&D stage. These tax proposals would make it more attractive to invest in pioneering industries, providing the time needed to develop breakthroughs in next generation technologies,” said Timothy Tardibono, Vice President of Public Policy at CONNECT. “The tax code should promote research-intensive and advanced manufacturing businesses as they continue to create high-quality American jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and bolster America’s competitiveness on an increasingly global stage.”

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The Coalition of Small Business Innovators is a national, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to stimulating sustained, private investment in small companies focusing on the development of transformative, life-changing new technologies. With small businesses working to advance research, development, and manufacturing of technologies that have the potential to solve critical economic, environmental, and societal challenges around the world, we seek to educate lawmakers and the public about the value of stimulating investment in these companies. More information about the coalition can be found at: