A new study shows that the federal R&D tax credit has been a boon to the U.S. economy.
The study, commissioned by the R&D Credit Coalition and conducted by Ernst & Young, concludes that the tax credit has increased research spending, jobs and wages in the United States.
The positive impact of the R&D tax credit would be even bigger if Congress were to strengthen the credit and make it permanent, the coalition asserts.
Among the findings of the study:
- The existing credit is estimated to increase annual private-research spending by $10 billion in the short-term and by $22 billion in the long-term (beyond the first several years), substantially higher than the credit's roughly $6 billion to $8 billion annual revenue cost.
- Strengthening the credit by increasing the simplified credit from 14% to 20% is estimated to increase annual private-research spending by an additional $5 billion in the short-term and an additional $11 billion in the long-term.
- The overall policy -- the existing credit plus strengthening the alternative simplified credit -- is estimated to increase annual private-research spending by $15 billion in the short-term and $33 billion in the long-term.
- Research-orientated employment in the United States would be 130,000 higher in the short-term and 300,000 higher in the long-term as a result of combining the existing credit and the strengthening of the alternative simplified credit.