Federal Tax Alert - December 2015
President Signs Extenders And Omnibus Acts, Impacting Broad Range Of Provisions
Just before recessing for the holidays, the House and Senate passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). President Obama signed the Act and a FY 2016 omnibus on December 18. The Act does considerably more than the typical tax extenders legislation seen in prior years. It makes permanent over 20 key tax provisions, including the research tax credit, enhanced Code Sec. 179 expensing, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit. It also extends other provisions, including bonus depreciation, for five years; and revives many others for two years. In addition, many extenders have been enhanced. Further, the Act imposes a two-year moratorium on the ACA medical device excise tax. The House passed the Act on December 17 by a vote of 318-109; The Senate approved the Act along with the FY 2016 omnibus on December 18 by a vote of 65 to 33.