The effort to make permanent the Section 199A Main Street business deduction just hit a significant milestone.
In just two weeks the Main Street Tax Certainty Act (H.R. 4721), introduced by Congressman Lloyd Smucker, has garnered the support of more than 100 House cosponsors. Among those backing the legislation are Democratic Representatives Henry Cuellar (TX) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ), and all 25 Republican members of the Ways & Means Committee.
Section 199A was enacted in 2017 to encourage job creation and new investment by private businesses. It also helps private companies compete with large, publicly-traded corporations. Without the deduction, pass-throughs would face rates up to 16 percentage points higher than their publicly-traded competitors. Despite this important role, Section 199A is set to expire at the start of 2026.
Of the more than 5,000 House bills introduced this year, the Main Street Tax Certainty Act is just one of 80 to hit the 100-cosponsor mark. Over the past decade, only about 2 percent of bills have reached that threshold. In other words, the broad support for Section 199A permanence shows lawmakers fully grasp the severity of the situation, and are committed to preventing a massive tax hike on millions of Main Street businesses come 2026.
There’s good news on the other side of the Capitol as well. Back in May, Senator Steve Daines (MT) – a longtime ally of the Main Street business community – introduced his 199A permanence bill (S. 1706). To date, one of every five Senators is a cosponsor.
Section 199A is more than just a tax provision. It protects thousands of local communities from fewer jobs and more boarded up buildings, reduces the tax burden on local businesses to make them more competitive, and allows multi-generation businesses to stay family-owned.
Ensuring Section 199A is a permanent fixture of the Tax Code is the number one priority for the S Corporation Association. As it turns out, we are not alone. More than 160 trade associations – representing millions of Main Street employers from every corner of the country – recently signed onto our letter thanking Senator Daines and Congressman Smucker for their leadership and are actively backing the effort.
There’s still much work to be done, but the broad support for the Main Street Tax Certainty Act shows it is time for Congress to pass this commonsense legislation and let affected businesses go back to doing what they do best: hiring workers, growing the economy, and supporting their communities.