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house Bill H.R. 615

A Tax Credit for (Sort of) Buying American

Argument in favor

Helps American manufacturing. Supports technologies, as opposed to specific companies, thereby avoiding favoritism.

Argument opposed

Should a product of which 40% is assembled overseas really receive a MADE IN THE USA tax credit?

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 12th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 615?

This bill would allow tax credit for the purchase of new products certified as assembled in the U.S. and consisting of at least 60 percent of components assembled in the U.S. The credit would be between 5% and 20%, and would remain available for 5 to 10 years, deepening upon the product. The bill also Establishes the 21st Century American Manufacturing Commission to conduct research to designate products eligible for the tax credit allowed by this Act.


The bill impacts products made at least mainly in the U.S.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 615

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

Bill sponsor, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) says the bill
empowers an apolitical commission of private-sector experts to designate the next generation of disruptive, market-changing technologies. These technologies–not specific companies–would be eligible for a consumer tax credit as long as they are made in the United States. Because these benefits accrue to the consumer and not directly to the business, the customer will dictate winners in the market place, not the government. While we believe in clean air, safe water, and a living wage, these factors need not result in un-competitively high shelf prices for American-made products.


Market Based Manufacturing Incentives Act of 2013

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide market-based manufacturing incentives, and for other purposes.

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