Testimony for MD SB 397 - Data Center Tax Exemptions

Testimony for MD SB 397 – Data Center Tax Exemptions

“Data centers contain essential production equipment to deliver these services, so NetChoice members are eager to see Maryland join other states who recognize that to attract capital-intensive large data centers, it is necessary to allow the same sales tax treatment they have allowed for decades on equipment needed for other capital-intensive industries like manufacturing and agriculture,” said Steve DelBianco, President of NetChoice.

“Moreover, data centers are recession-proof, with high-paying tech jobs. Where NetChoice companies have invested in enterprise data centers, they contribute significantly to local taxes and are strong supporters of education and broadband expansion.

Not only do high wages in the data center industry offer a vital new employment option, but these centers also are a driving force in the development of renewable energy resources and upgrades to utilities and internet infrastructure. Moreover, the data centers generate new income and business taxes, sales taxes on non-exempt purchases and electricity, and local property taxes.”

ATI speakers address tax incentives, business attraction

Idaho Press

O’Cooper was followed by Steve DelBianco of NetChoice, a trade association, who is pushing for a tax incentive for data centers. “They deserve the same tax treatment that you’ve always allowed under the production equipment that goes into mining, ranching and farming,” he said. He contended that extending Idaho’s production exemption from sales taxes to billion-dollar data centers “costs you nothing” because no major data centers have located in the state thus far. Contradicting the previous speaker, he said, “Absent these exemptions, these hyper-scale data centers will not come to Idaho. … If Idaho does not offer it, these businesses will very likely locate elsewhere.”

Critics fear Michigan is promising the moon to land cloud data storage firms

Bridge Michigan

Less than a decade later, Loudoun County, Virginia has become the data center capital of the world, said Comstock, who is now an adviser for the NetChoice lobbying group. Property taxes, income taxes and other revenues related to the centers have been a “cash cow” for her region, she told legislators. 

NetChoice Testimony in support of Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

NetChoice Testimony in support of Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

Lawmakers push tax breaks for data centers, critics worry about school funds

Michigan Advance

Steve DelBianco, CEO of NetChoice, a Virginia-based trade association of online and tech businesses, testified Thursday at the committee meeting on behalf of the data center market. He says that large data centers won’t even consider opening up shop in Michigan until there is data center-friendly legislation.

“We encourage Michigan, in this respect, to accommodate this view toward data centers that will either be here or not be here. And that hinges on whether or not the state recognizes the production equipment of a data center is production equipment that should qualify for sales tax exemptions,” DelBianco testified to the committee. “Over the last five years, not a single large enterprise data center is located in a state that has imposed its full sales tax on the data center servers.”

NetChoice support for Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

NetChoice support for Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

NetChoice testimony in Pennsylvania Senate on taxation of data centers

NetChoice testimony in Pennsylvania Senate on taxation of data centers

NetChoice Testimony to Idaho Joint Revenue & Taxation Committees, Regarding Data Center Sales/Use Tax Exemption

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NetChoice Presentation to Idaho Joint Revenue & Taxation Committees, Regarding Data Center Sales/Use Tax Exemption

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