NGA Applauds Senate for Including Retail Glitch Fix in Stimulus Package

March 26, 2020

Arlington, VA- The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry released the following statement from NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara on the Senate including a fix to the retail glitch – a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 that harms retailers – in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“NGA applauds the Senate for fixing the retail glitch, a drafting error in the TCJA that has significant impacts for independent retailers serving communities across the country. This fix comes at a critical time, as grocers throughout the country are making tremendous sacrifices serving customers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Independent grocers are the backbone of the U.S. economy and can now invest in their businesses and continue to serve communities during this challenging time.”

The TCJA included a provision providing businesses with a 100 percent bonus depreciation to be used to write off the full costs of short-lived investments immediately. Congress intended to help retailers invest in their businesses with the inclusion of this provision. However, due to a drafting error, some categories of business investment, most notably qualified improvement property, or “QIP,” were excluded from being 100 percent eligible for bonus depreciation. Due to this error, retailers making investments to improve their stores have faced a more restrictive cost recovery period that is twice than under the prior law.