A new federal regulation could force thousands of U.S. companies to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra taxes to comply with the rules, which would create a headache for the nation’s largest companies.
The regulations would also force the nation to rethink its entire transportation infrastructure, putting millions of American workers at risk.
“It’s a real nightmare,” said Mark Fels, an economist at the Center for American Progress, which has pushed for changes to the nation, including raising the federal minimum wage and making college free.
The rule would also affect about half the U.P. freight business, which is owned by UPS and its regional competitors.
U.F.O. trucking companies, which provide more than two-thirds of U of P’s shipments, have said they would have to pay extra taxes if the federal government went forward with its regulations.
In addition, the rule would force a lot of UF.
Os. warehouses to be built overseas, a move that would have an economic impact of more than $500 million a year.
The rules would also have an effect on some major shipping companies like FedEx, which are big investors in U.B.s. and UPS, and have the biggest fleets.
The Treasury Department and the Treasury Department of Commerce issued the regulations in late March.
It was not clear whether the Treasury would file an appeal.
“The regulations are an important first step to ensure that the UB’s freight business is compliant with the federal tax law,” Treasury Secretary Charles L. Baker Jr. said in a statement.
“We are working to ensure the rule remains in place and fully implemented.”
UPS said in its statement that the regulations are intended to “protect the interests of our employees, and they are in keeping with the tax law.”
“We fully expect the Treasury to expedite the final rule, and continue to review the rule to ensure it complies with the law,” UPS said.
FedEx said in the statement that it will continue to work with the Treasury “to ensure that our business continues to be successful and to protect our workers.”
The rules will also apply to all major U.O.’s, including the regional logistics operations that are based in the U of A. The government estimates that it would require about 7,000 new truck drivers to be trained to do the work, according to the Treasury.
The federal government has said it will cost the federal treasury about $600 million to train drivers in those locations.
Fels said that the rules would have a ripple effect on the entire transportation industry, including by forcing businesses to build new infrastructure in a bid to stay competitive.
“These rules will be a major financial burden on U. of P.s and U. B.s in general, and it’s going to have a big impact on the UO industry,” Fels told The Globe.
“They are not just about trucks; they are about transportation and logistics in general.”
U.A.S., a U.H.S.-owned company, already is facing a regulatory challenge in Illinois over its bid to expand into the Uo-O sector.
In June, the UH-Hampshire County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to require the U-H-S-T-T Company to pay $8.3 million in property taxes on its property.
Falsons said the rules were a good start.
“But I think they should be much more aggressive,” he said.
“This is a big step toward the long-term goal of eliminating the tax loophole that allows U.
Bs to pay lower rates.”
The U.C.L.A., which represents major U-Bb operations like FedEx and UPS and the UofA, has been lobbying Congress to close the tax break for freight companies.
“Congress must ensure that all U.
Os are fully and fairly protected from any potential tax liability for their business activity,” U.L.-A CEO Peter H. Raffenbush said in an emailed statement.
Uofa spokesman Greg Ander said that he is not aware of any company that has been sued for not paying the property taxes, and that he does not know how much it would cost.
“I would never want to be associated with a company that doesn’t comply with our rules,” said Raffensbush.
“Any potential tax penalties are not something we want to have.”