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Statement of Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL).
Re: Introduction of HR 1411 IH, the Expensing Technology Reform Act of 2001.
Date: April 5, 2001.
Source: Congressional Record.

Mr. Speaker, today, Representative NEAL and I have introduced legislation which will update the existing depreciation schedules for high tech assets. Currently, businesses must depreciate much of their high tech equipment over a 5 year period. This bill would allow businesses to expense these assets.

The 5 year depreciation lifetime for tax purposes is outdated since many companies today must update their computers as quickly as every 14 months in order to stay technologically current. We allow businesses to expense their computers, peripheral equipment, servers, networks, wireless telecommunications equipment, software, high tech medical equipment and copiers in this bill.

This will stimulate the economy! According to a study conducted by the Printing Industries of America, printers would purchase 20 percent more computers if the depreciation schedules reflected the actual life of the equipment.

It is time to update an outdated tax code to reflect the realities of today's technology-based workplace. A 5 year depreciation schedule for high tech equipment is no longer realistic.

This legislation will allow every company, from the neighborhood real estate office, to the local hospital, to the local bank to fully depreciate, or expense, their high tech equipment during the tax year in which the equipment is purchased. As a result, these companies will no longer be forced to keep their equipment ``on the books'' for tax purposes long after its useful life has become obsolete.

Mr. Speaker, I look forward to working with you and my colleagues to get this important pro-business legislation signed into law.


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