ATA Supports Keeping Biodiesel Tax Credit for Blenders

American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Bill Graves recently urged Members of Congress to keep the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level, saying that the incentive has been proven to lead to lower diesel prices at the pump. In a letter distributed to Members of Congress, Graves makes clear that converting the blenders credit to a producers credit is bad policy for consumers.

"For the past 10 years, the biodiesel blenders credit has led to lower diesel prices at the pump. Given the critical importance of trucking and diesel fuel in moving our nation's goods, lowering the cost of biodiesel not only makes fuel cheaper for fleets, but it subsequently makes goods more affordable for consumers," Graves wrote.
 
"Reforming the biodiesel tax incentive into a producer credit would result in fuel retailers paying a higher price for biodiesel that would, in turn, be passed through to trucking fleets and higher pricing of consumer goods.  This would also lead to a disincentive to purchase biodiesel in the U.S. and hinder the nation's efforts to utilize cleaner burning fuels."
 
In July, the Senate Finance Committee proposed extending the biodiesel blenders credit retroactively through 2015, and beginning in 2016 converting it to a producers credit.  NATSO opposes converting it to a producers credit and is actively encouraging lawmakers to pass a clean extension of the blenders credit through 2016.  You can help with this effort by urging your elected representatives to extend the biodiesel tax credit in its traditional form as a blender credit, rather than converting it to a producers credit.

 

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David Fialkov is the Vice President of Government Relations, as well as the Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, at NATSO. In this capacity, Mr. Fialkov direct's NATSO's legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. Mr. Fialkov also oversees NATSO's political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies. Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov's focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. Summa cum laude with highest honors from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Allison and daughter Lilah. More

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