Not Just Yet

Legislators in the US have passed a bill that would extend the R&D tax credit permanently, but ScienceInsider reports that the bill is unlikely to become law this year.

The tax credits for companies investing in research and development were first adopted in 1981 and have been renewed more than a dozen times, though the most recent version expired at the end of last year. This new bill would extend the tax breaks permanently.

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