The International Housewares Association, representing the more than 1,700 housewares suppliers around the globe, is working with the Americans for Affordable Products (AAP), a growing coalition of more than 100 businesses and trade associations that represents millions of American jobs, to provide information on the Border Adjustment Tax or BAT.
AAP is running a national campaign to mobilize manufacturers, retailers and consumers to show lawmakers that a discriminatory tax on imports will result in their constituents paying higher prices for everyday items such as housewares, food, gas, clothing and medicine, and should not be included in tax reform.
We view this as an opportunity to provide education and resources for IHA members to make an informed decision relative to the tax,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Any tax law, however well intended, that adds substantial cost to products and ultimately the consumer, is not a productive law. With the help of IHA members, we will communicate our concern with the proposed law to all appropriate legislative representation.“
According to the National Retail Federation, upon passage, the BAT will cost American families as much as $1,700. Middle class and low-income families who have seen their wages stagnate in recent years would bear the brunt of this new tax because they spend a larger share of their income on tradeable goods that would be hit by the BAT.
The most effective way to change political direction is through grass roots efforts. If you disagree with the tax, please click through to the AAP website and register to easily submit a pre-written letter that is auto-directed to your specific Members of Congress expressing your concerns.
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IHA members with questions about the BAT or the Americans for Affordable Products should contact Phil Brandl.