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george.leopold
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re: R&D tax credit: Big benefits, but little used by industry
george.leopold   2/29/2012 10:06:25 PM
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Speaking of tech standards (see above), a congressional committee held a hearing today on the role of standards in boosting U.S. exports. This from Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland: "Standards can open up new or expanding markets to a U.S. company. However, standards can also serve as a barrier to trade, keeping U.S. companies out and sending profits elsewhere. When things go awry in the international standards realm – when someone tries to manipulate the standards system or rig it to their own ends – it really matters for U.S. companies and the U.S. economy."

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re: R&D tax credit: Big benefits, but little used by industry
george.leopold   2/29/2012 8:05:05 PM
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This is a worthwhile debate since it is shedding light on the relative worth of tax breaks for high-tech industries. There are other ways to encourage investment besides subsidies and tax breaks. One is product standards. Creating industry standards eliminates much market uncertainty, including regulatory uncertainty. If manufacturers know product specs, they will be more willing to invest to expand product manufacturing. That alone would create as many, if not more, new jobs as the R&D tax credit.

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re: R&D tax credit: Big benefits, but little used by industry
nicolas.mokhoff   2/23/2012 8:21:38 PM
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My take: if the nomenclature is partly blamed fpr holding back electronics companies using the R&D Credit, why not change it to something like "Innovation Tax Credit". Many people think of themselves as real innovators; hey, if that works, we have at least one-third of the problem solved.

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Tax Point Advisors, Inc.   2/23/2012 1:01:15 PM
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Electrical engineering firms can quality for both Federal as well as many state R&D tax credits. If you're looking for an alternative to a bigger, more expensive R&D study service provider, the firm I founded and own, Tax point Advisors, Inc., offers studies for half the fee of most other R&D firms, and we are the only R&D provider with a 100% success rate to date, never having had a client lose a credit under audit. You can reach us at (800) 260-4138, and our website is www.taxpointadvisors.com. We have offices across the U.S., including in CAo, OH, TX, NY, and MA. Jeffrey Feingold Founder and Managing Partner Tax Point Advisors, Inc.



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