H.R. 9, Small Business Tax Cut Act

Cost Estimate
April 9, 2012

H.R. 9 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to permit certain small businesses to deduct from their taxable income up to 20 percent of their qualifying domestic business income. The deduction would apply only to the entity’s first taxable year that begins after December 31, 2011, and it could not exceed 50 percent of certain wages that the firm pays or reduce the firm’s taxable income below zero. The staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates that enacting H.R. 9 would reduce revenues, thus increasing federal budget deficits by $46 billion over the 2012-2022 period.

H.R. 9 would define qualifying domestic business income as the excess of gross receipts earned from domestic activities over all costs, expenses, or other deductions related to such receipts. A small business would be eligible for the deduction if it engaged in a trade or business and had fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees in either calendar year 2010 or 2011. If the business was not in existence in those years, then the test would be applied to the firm in 2012.

The Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 establishes budget reporting and enforcement procedures for legislation affecting direct spending and revenues. Enacting H.R. 9 would result in revenue losses in each year from 2012 to 2014. The net change in revenues is shown in the following table.