TIA savors HR 4 victory; urges tire industry to 'defend our house'

Jan. 1, 2020
On April 14, President Barack Obama signed House Resolution 4 into law. This eliminates what is commonly known as the "1099 Reporting Requirement," which would have mandated that every business owner file a Form 1099 to the Internal Revenue Service t
An open letter from Roy Littlefield, Executive Vice President Tire Industry Association

On April 14, President Barack Obama signed House Resolution 4 into law. This eliminates what is commonly known as the “1099 Reporting Requirement,” which would have mandated that every business owner file a Form 1099 to the Internal Revenue Service to report all purchases over $600. You don’t need much of an imagination to see this would have been a paperwork nightmare for American businesses, which would have undoubtedly passed the cost of complying with this requirement on to all of us.

Organizations like the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and others spent countless hours pounding the pavement on Capitol Hill, knocking on doors and meeting with dozens of U.S. Representatives and Senators. There is an old saying that making laws is like making sausage – it is not a glamorous or pretty endeavor. I couldn’t agree more. It took a great deal of educating, pleading and cajoling to get this requirement repealed, but the end result is indeed very “delicious.” And, every American business owner – including those in the automotive industry – will also now savor this victory.

But, it would not have happened if it weren’t for the dedicated efforts of associations like TIA. And, in turn, we would not have been able to achieve this success if it weren’t for the support of our members. I’d like to think that association members “get it” – they really understand that unless they unite behind their trade association, they will be left defenseless at the hands of those who would like nothing better than to see an industry that is weak and helpless.

When you look at other industries (such as pharmaceuticals or banking) or even groups of like- minded individuals (like gun owners), you clearly see what strong support of their association can accomplish in the halls of power. I like to think of it in terms of a “house” – the more time and resources you spend on making sure your house has strong locks, sturdy windows and a reliable security system, the far lower the chance is that someone will try to enter your house with the intent to cause harm. On the other hand, if you are apathetic or think that ensuring that your house is secure should be left up to someone else, you will be far more vulnerable to a successful attack.

Both TIA and our fellow association coalition partners have protected our houses from the 1099 reporting requirement. But, there are other potential “intruders” that will continue to lurk about. I’m sure there are plenty of other issues affecting your industry, and your associations are also hard at work every day ensuring your voice is heard in the halls of power.

The questions that I, and our fellow trade associations ask of you are, will you join us, so we can help defend our house? And, if you don’t do it, what do you think will happen when our house is left defenseless?

For more information, visit www.tireindustry.org.

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