Legislative Win for GLGA Members in Illinois! House Overrides Governor’s Veto to Finally Reinstate Sales Tax Exemption
July 6, 2017 – After a hard fought legislative session, I am pleased to announce that the Graphic Arts sales tax exemption has finally been restored! The credit is now PERMANENT and exempt from automatic sunset laws. Due to our efforts in Springfield the Graphic Arts sales tax exemption became part of the Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment exemption effective July 1, 2017. This is a HUGE win for all GLGA members.
The law now allows a permanent sales tax exemption for graphic arts and printing equipment, which at a MINIMUM is equal to $6,254 for every $100,000 spent on covered equipment.
Graphic arts equipment is defined in Illinois as “graphic arts machinery and equipment, including repair and replacement parts, both new and used, and including that manufactured on special order, certified by the purchaser to be used primarily for graphic arts production, and including machinery and equipment purchased for lease. Equipment includes chemicals or chemicals acting as catalysts but only if the chemicals or chemicals acting as a catalyst effect a direct and immediate change upon a graphic arts product.”
The state legislators became aware of our industry through member visits to Springfield, letters, emails, and my presence in the capitol to tell our story and give a clear understanding of who we are along with our partners (the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Manufacturers Association). To date the state has more than 2,300 print manufacturers that employ 55,000 Illinois workers and ship more than $9 billion annually in product. Carrying the GLGA banner in Springfield on behalf of all printers in Illinois has been, to say the least, a committed task that your Board of Directors has supported since the Illinois Graphic Arts exemption sunset on August 30, 2014. I have been on top of this issue before the sunset came into effect, and with your help we have made a significant impact with our lawmakers in Springfield letting them know our industry is strong in Illinois and we have a voice.
Funds collected from Illinois members of GLGA along with a line item in the budget have allowed me to work with our state legislators in getting back the Graphic Arts provision. I also positioned our association with the Illinois Press Association, specifically Josh Sharp, and the Illinois Manufacturers Association in an alliance to form the Advance Illinois Manufacturing Coalition (AIM), to make our voice stronger in Springfield and push for the extension of several critical tax incentives including the Graphic Arts provision.
I will be working with Andrew Klemens at BKD and the Illinois Department of Revenue to assist member companies for clarification for printers and print manufacturing companies that purchased equipment after July 1, 2017. Once I receive guidance, I will provide that information to you.
Again, I thank each company and the GLGA Board of Directors that stepped up to the plate with funds, emails, letters and phone calls to legislators which helped to earn this victory in Springfield.
GLGA Illinois Director
Poll Results Reveal Devastating Effect of Illinois’ Failure to Act on Graphic Arts Production Credit
June 6, 2017 – The results are in, and they’re not pretty. Members of the Illinois printing community were recently asked to provide information related to two key questions.
1) What is the cost of the equipment that you are holding off on purchasing since the Graphic Arts production credit expired?
2) How many employees would you have added if you purchased this equipment?
The responses reveal that Illinois’ print industry has put on hold a staggering $46.6 million in equipment purchases since the expiration of the Graphic Arts tax credit in 2014. Even worse, Illinois printers would have added 204 more jobs during that time if legislators in Springfield had acted to restore the credit.
Bill Gibson, Illinois Director for the Great Lake Graphics Association, called the state’s failure to act “indefensible.” Illinois remains the only state in the U.S. without a tax credit for printers, finishers, postpress companies, or other industry suppliers. “Without this credit Illinois is essentially taxing production; this causes tax pyramiding, higher prices and ultimately kills jobs,” he said. Gibson added, “The poll results speak for themselves: legislators should act immediately to reinstate this incentive and help grow Illinois’ economy.”
The Illinois printing industry has been affected by the crippling loss of the sales tax exemption and manufacturers purchase credit ever since both expired in August 2014. GLGA has been leading the battle in Springfield to have both critical incentives restored.
As a member of the Advance Illinois Manufacturing (AIM) coalition, a diverse group of business industries across the state of Illinois, GLGA is advocating for modern and permanent extensions of four critical tax incentives that will provide stability and predictability for job creators. Among the key points of AIM’s Legislative Agenda are reforming the Manufacturers Purchase Credit to make it permanent by merging it into the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Exemption and reforming the Graphic Arts Sales Tax Exemption to make it permanent. AIM also wants to have printers reclassified as manufacturers; Illinois remains the only state in the country to not recognize printing as a manufacturing activity.
For more information about the fight to restore Illinois’ lost sales tax exemptions and manufacturers purchase credit, contact GLGA Illinois Director Bill Gibson at (312) 704-5000 or at email@example.com.
Diverse Illinois Coalition Supports Permanent Tax Solutions to Provide Stability and Strengthen Job Creators; Support HB 5717!
March 3, 2016: The fight continues to restore Illinois’ critical graphic arts sales tax exemptions. A diverse group of business industries across the state of Illinois has launched a coalition committed to advocating for modern and permanent extensions of four critical tax incentives that will provide stability and predictability for job creators.
Advance Illinois Manufacturing includes members in the manufacturing, agriculture, printing, biotech and other important sectors of the state’s economy. The AIM Coalition is advocating for permanent tax solutions to ensure that a wide variety of industries in Illinois remain competitive in the marketplace. AIM is hoping the legislature will support a series of legislative measures that must be adopted to create a secure business environment to further existing manufacturing interests as well as future investment.
“We need to do more in Illinois to embrace the compromising spirit and attract business growth and development here,” said state Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, the bill’s chief sponsor. “These tax credits will provide targeted incentives with measurable benefits for employers large and small. My hope is we can use this package to build consensus on innovative ways to grow our state.”
Among the four key points of AIM’s Legislative Agenda – HB 5717 sponsored by Rep. Zalewski are reforming the Manufacturers Purchase Credit to make it permanent by merging it into the Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment exemption; and reforming the Graphic Arts Sales Tax Exemption to make it permanent. Both tax incentives sunsetted in August 2014, significantly affecting the printing industry in the state.
“Presently 49 other states offer some kind of economic incentive to commercial printers engaged in manufacturing activity,” said GLGA’s Bill Gibson. “So the renewal of these incentives is critical to the survival of the commercial printing industry in Illinois. Unfortunately, due to gridlock in Springfield and the expiration of serval pro-business credits, companies are at disadvantage in the marketplace. When lawmakers talk about making Illinois more competitive, about more small business opportunities and about stopping job losses to other states – this is exactly the type of legislation they should be supporting.”
“Illinois needs a stable tax code that will lead to new job creation and increase our position of strength in technology and innovation,” said Mark Denzler, Vice President/COO, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “It’s imperative that we advance these four critical tax incentives to keep Illinois manufacturing competitive and to effectively advocate for an industry that employs 570,000 workers in Illinois and contributes $101 billion in total manufacturing output.”
Coalition Members include Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Illinois Science & Technology, Great Lakes Graphics Association, iBio, Southwestern Illinois Employers Association, Illinois Petroleum Council, Illinois Press Association, Taxpayers Federation of Illinois, Illinois Coal Association, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Choose Du Page Economic Development Alliance.
Pictures from the 2015 Legislative Day:
A delegation of Illinois printers and equipment manufacturers went to the State Capitol in Springfield, IL, on April 23, 2015, to fight for the reinstatement of our industry tax incentives. From left: Derek Gordon, Ryobi MHI Graphco; Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Vandalia); Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon); and John Kingery, Kingery Printing.
A delegation of Illinois printers and equipment manufacturers went to the State Capitol in Springfield, IL, on April 23, 2015, to fight for the reinstatement of our industry tax incentives. From left: Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester) meets with Mary Richards Lawrence, Richards Graphic Communications.
The future of your company and Illinois’ print industry depends on everyone’s active involvement. Let’s work together to bring back what we have lost and further our position as a necessary industry to the rebuilding of the State. Tell your legislators to stop their political budget battles and to get back to making Illinois a hospitable state for the printing industry.
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