A border adjustment tax is a new consumer tax on all goods or services, including autos and auto parts, coming across our border into the United States from all nations, even those with which we have existing trade agreements. Auto parts would be subject to a BAT, so even the most American-made vehicle sold in the U.S. today would be subject to a significant price increase.
Our Work on the Border Adjustment Tax
- A BAT is a new consumer tax on all goods or services, including autos and auto parts, coming across our border into the United States from all nations, even those with which we have existing trade agreements.
- While no hearings have been held and no official legislative language has been released, the tax likely sits at 20 percent and is crucial to the whole proposal, paying for many of its corporate tax cuts.
- Auto parts would be subject to a BAT, so even the most American-made vehicle sold in the U.S. today – the Toyota Camry – would be subject to a significant price increase.
- A recent study by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates that U.S. light vehicle sales would immediately adjust 5.6 percent in immediate response to the BAT and would result in an average price increase of $2,000 per vehicle. This represents a $34.6 billion higher cost to U.S. consumers.
- Rising prices will drive away regular Americans looking for a new car and, as a result, vehicle demand will drop. Both American auto manufacturing plants and retailers like you will feel the pain, and be forced to shed jobs.
- A new consumer tax would be devastating to dealers and your customers who look to you for affordable, safe means of transportation.
- AIADA's One-Pager on the BAT
- CAR Study Demonstrating Impact on U.S. Vehicle Prices
- AIADA President Cody Lusk's Letter to AIADA Members
- Watch: AIADA President Cody Lusk Tells CBT Automotive Network Why BAT is Bad News for Dealers
- Chairman's Blog: BAT Fly-In a Big Success
- International Automakers Across America: Building More Than Cars
- Letter to House Ways and Means Committee From Border Adjustability Tax Coalition
BAT in the News
- GOP Plan to Overhaul Tax Code Gets Held Up at the Border (The Wall Street Journal)
- Tax Threat Heightens Concerns About Affordability (Automotive News)
- Automakers Enlist Dealers in Border Tax Fight (Automotive News)
- Watch: The Peterson Institute's Adam Posen Explains Why BAT is a Terrible Idea (Bloomberg)
- Steve Forbes: OMG! House Republicans Are Preparing to Hit Consumers With a Horrible New Tax That Will Harm Trump and Hurt the Economy (Forbes)