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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Home Builder's Return on Lobbying

by Calculated Risk on 11/14/2009 07:18:00 PM

Gretchen Morgenson at the NY Times writes about the tax loss carry-back1 "gift" for home builders in the recently signed "Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009": Home Builders (You Heard That Right) Get a Gift

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that through Oct. 26 of this year, home builders paid $6 million to their lobbyists. ... Much of this year’s lobbying expenditures were focused on arguing for the tax loss carry-forward, documents show.

Among individual companies, Lennar spent $240,000 lobbying while companies affiliated with Hovnanian Enterprises spent $222,000. Pulte Homes spent $210,000 this year.

That’s some return on investment. After spending its $210,000, Pulte will receive $450 million in refunds. And Hovnanian, after spending its $222,000, will get as much as $275 million.
That is quite a Return on Lobbying (ROL), although some of the money went to lobbying for the inefficient homebuyer tax credit.

And, oh, this "gift" will create few if any jobs.

1 UPDATE: This is really a tax loss carry back to the profitable years.