Impact on the IT Industry

How does public policy affect the IT industry?

Sharing your company’s story – including successes and obstacles – is the key to making a change in Washington, DC.

Just like you don’t vote in an election without doing your homework, members of Congress need to hear from you before passing new legislation. Here are a few examples of how current pending legislation could affect your business.

Let’s talk about tax reform.

The perennial issue is tax reform with lower corporate tax rates and movement to a territorial tax system.

What about the R&D tax credit?

Research and development is the key to the growth of many technology companies. We’re fighting for permanent extension of the R&D tax credit – as well as its current economic benefits – to startups and other small businesses performing research. This may allow you to offset your R&D tax credit against payroll taxes.

Should Internet access be taxed?

Our position: No. We believe that access to the Internet should remain unburdened by taxes – specifically a patchwork of federal, state and local taxes to restrict access to this essential service.

Let’s talk about immigration reform.

What’s our interest in immigration reform? Well, it’s about remaining competitive in the global marketplace. We believe the U.S. must revise its immigration policies, allowing students and other high-skilled professionals to stay in the country – to help fill the IT skills gap and grow your business, all while stimulating our national economy.

Let’s talk about cybersecurity.

With recent high-profile data breaches all over the news, cybersecurity is a hot button issue. And, this is where our industry can help! We advocate for the development of a national cybersecurity strategy that utilizes best practices and promotes voluntary adoption. The key is improving upon and adding to the existing frameworks and partnerships that already exist between industry and government.