Democratic members of Congress have introduced a plan that would close a tax loophole that allows tens of thousands of dollars in tax write-offs for only the largest luxury SUVs. The bill introduced by Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who all serve on the Ways and Means Committee, as well as Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, would fix a provision in the Tax Code that provides an additional tax incentive for the luxury market of SUVs weighing over 6,000 lbs. Originally intended to help businesses buy necessary heavy-duty work vehicles, the "Hummer Tax Loophole" has for years allowed write-offs of anywhere from $100,000 to the current figure of $25,000 for the purchase of the largest, most gas-guzzling luxury SUVs, even as concerns over gas prices and dependence on oil have grown. The change would not affect legitimate business investments in trucks or vans, such as plumber and contractor trucks, farm vehicles, construction vehicles, flatbed trucks, cement mixers, and a variety of other vehicles as designated by the IRS. "This bill fixes a perverse, unintended incentive to buy the biggest and most polluting vehicle on the market," said Blumenauer.
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