April 26, 2017
Contact: Francis Dietz, Vice President, Public Affairs
Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today welcomed President Trump's effort to reform the nation's tax system, which has not been significantly reformed since the Reagan Administration.
"We are encouraged by the President's willingness to work with Congress to make needed reforms to our tax system," said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. "We look forward to working with the administration and Congress on ways to improve the current system and spur economic growth by allowing companies to expense the full cost of capital equipment in the tax year purchased, or at least reduce the depreciation period to be more aligned with the useful life of our equipment," he added.
The current depreciation period for capital HVACR and water heating equipment is set at 39 years in the tax code, in some cases more than double its useful life. Reducing that depreciation period or, better yet, allowing for full expensing in the first year, will encourage the purchase of new, more efficient, more environmentally friendly equipment that will lower costs for businesses and create jobs.
"Economic growth can also be spurred – and jobs created – by bringing the corporate tax rate more in line with those of other industrialized nations," said Yurek. "Reducing the top rate would promote economic growth, allow U.S. companies to more effectively compete in the global marketplace, and attract foreign investment to the U.S.," he said.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI's 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.