BETHESDA, Md. — Implementing a "border adjustment tax" (BAT) on imported goods would result in a $160 increase in annual auto repair and maintenance costs for the average family, according to the Auto Care Association (ACA).
The Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives floated the idea of a BAT earlier this year in the run-up to budget negotiations.
Under the BAT, U.S. companies would pay virtually no corporate taxes simply because they export products, while other American companies selling imported goods would face taxes of up to 20 percent on the value of those goods.
"The BAT will drive up auto repair costs to about $1,100 per year for car owners," said ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey.
"This is also a highly regressive tax that will hit working families the hardest because they tend to drive older vehicles that require more repair work and maintenance.
"The BAT will hurt middle-class consumers and have a chilling effect on small businesses that conduct auto repair work and serve as a source of good-paying jobs in every community in the country.