November 3, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 44
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WDDA Pushes for Tax Credit Extension

The Window & Door Dealers Alliance is urging dealers to contact members of the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee and voice their support to extend window tax credits for 2011 and more

MI Closing Texas Plant
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The Talk...

Will the expiration of energy efficient tax credits translate into layoffs at your company?

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John Swanson, editor & associate publisher of Window & Door

Tax credits for homeowners buying energy efficient windows and doors, passed as part of 2009's stimulus package, will expire at the end of this year. As you'll see in our top news story this week, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance is lobbying to get those tax credits renewed for 2011 and beyond.  A number of WDDA representatives met with Senate staffers last week to make the case.

"Going into December and January without a tax credit in place could mean huge layoffs and the closing of some businesses," says David Sakin of Premier Windows & Building, one of the dealers who participated. "In the spring of 2010, I was finally able to rehire full-time most of my employees that had been cut back since November 2008. I anticipate cutting back or laying off again without a tax credit as incentive for homeowners."

Now I have heard a number of people comment on the potential impact of the end of the current tax credits, but quite frankly, I had not heard someone predict that it could mean a resurgence in layoffs.  Do you see that happening at your company if tax credits expire?  That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear from you.  How do you think the end of tax credits will impact the industry?  Will the impact be huge?  Will it be short-term or long-term?  Post a comment or email me to share your thoughts.

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