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Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 passes Senate (08-08-22)

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The bill is expected to be voted on by the House on August 12, 2022. If/when the bill passes the House, President Biden intends to sign the bill.

The bill contains significant tax savings legislation energy conscious homeowners, and businesses, businesses with R & D activities and Medicare recipients will welcome.

Tax savings legislation included in the bill:

  • Providing significant incentives for individuals and businesses to become more energy efficient by extending, increasing, and expanding credits generally applicable for post-2022 purchases for:

    • Purchasing clean fuel vehicles (both new and used);

    • Making their homes more energy efficient (rebates are also available for qualified expenses incurred by qualified individuals and entities);

    • Making commercial buildings and residences more energy efficient;

    • Building/manufacturing more energy efficient homes; and

    • Producing clean energy and fuels;

  • Increasing the Research Credit against payroll taxes for qualified small businesses for post-2022 tax years;

  • Extending the current Premium Tax Credit amounts available to taxpayers who purchase health insurance on state health care exchanges for an additional three years; and

  • Limiting and capping various costs Medicare recipients will have to pay for prescription drugs and certain premiums and co-pays, as well as providing free vaccines.

These expanded programs would be paid for by:

  • Increasing IRS funding for audits and compliance initiatives;

  • Imposing a 1% excise tax on certain stock repurchases, applicable to post-2022 stock repurchases; and

  • Imposing a new 15% corporate minimum tax on corporations with average financial statement income over $1 billion per year, beginning with the 2023 tax year.

The current version of the bill is available at:

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