by Semiconductor Industry Association
WASHINGTON—Jan. 23, 2024—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released the following statement from vice president of government affairs David Isaacs in response to the introduction in Congress of the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act. The legislation includes two provisions critical to the semiconductor industry: the restoration of domestic R&D expensing and the United States-Taiwan Expedited Double-Tax Relief Act.
“SIA applauds Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith (R-Mo.) for spearheading the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act. The legislation restores domestic R&D expensing and seeks to resolve tax matters between the U.S. and Taiwan—two provisions essential to ensuring the competitiveness of the U.S. semiconductor industry and fully realizing the benefits of the CHIPS and Science Act.
“The CHIPS Act was passed, in part, to help unlock investments in the semiconductor R&D ecosystem here in the U.S. The requirement of amortizing research expenditures undermines those efforts and runs counter to the longstanding immediate deduction of R&D costs that helps to sustain U.S. leadership in this vital technology.
“We must resolve double taxation between the United States and Taiwan and reduce barriers to trade between the two jurisdictions. At a time the semiconductor industry is making significant investments in the U.S. following the passage of the CHIPS Act, reconciling tax matters between the U.S. and one of its top trading partners has become a pressing matter.
“We further commend the House Ways and Means Committee for approving the tax package that would implement tax policies central to the success of the U.S. semiconductor industry. We urge the House and the Senate to take up and pass this critical legislation.”
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