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Small Businesses Report Reinvestment with Tax Cuts; Critics are Wary

Two new surveys report optimism among small businesses, but critics worry about the impact of tax changes on funding education, healthcare and other priorities. (Khrawlings/flickr)
Two new surveys report optimism among small businesses, but critics worry about the impact of tax changes on funding education, healthcare and other priorities. (Khrawlings/flickr)
June 11, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A survey from the National Federation of Independent Business finds small businesses are reporting record profits in recent months, and 27 percent of them plan to use savings from the tax cuts implemented in January to hire additional employees.

The report comes as some economists project that larger corporations will not reinvest into the economy with their tax savings, but Juanita D. Duggan, the federation’s president and CEO, says there's an important distinction to make.

"Main Street is not Wall Street, and Main Street has reacted very positively to the tax bill,” she states. “We know because we've been asking our members what are they planning to do with their tax savings and they're telling us that they're going to hire new workers, they're going to increase wages. Sometimes, they're going to provide benefits."

In addition to some tax breaks, there were changes in the ways business meals can be deducted, but the IRS has yet to clarify that regulation.

And there are uncertainties for what are known as pass-through businesses – sole proprietors, partners and owners of companies structured as S corporations, which the agency also needs to clarify.

Beth Bacheldor owns Conteuse Marketing Agency. While she may see some tax benefits in the short term, she says she's looking at the bigger picture.

"I can't, as a business owner, just look to the next year when I think about how my business grows,” she states. “I have to look to the next five years. And these tax cuts are very short term in their nature, unless you are in the very, very top 1 percent. "

Bacheldor says she also thinks of the unmet needs the tax cuts may be creating, with less money for health care and education for communities.

"I can understand why small businesses might feel that some extra money in their operating budget is good news, but running a small business is so much more than dollars and cents," she states.

The Small Business Credit Survey released this month also found heightened optimism for revenue and employment growth in 2018 among business owners.

Critics of the tax cuts say they don't do enough to help the lower and middle classes.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - AR