4th Feb 2010

February 4, 2010

By Bill McInturf

The ethanol industry has been criticized for being dependent on government subsidies and requiring too many resources to produce. However, the financial facts speak for themselves. The Government’s 2008 $4.7 billion investment in the ethanol industry returned almost $20.0 billion in increased tax revenue and reduced farm program expenditures.

This has to be one of the most financially successful government investments ever.

The current generation corn-based ethanol is likely not the entire solution to the energy problem. However, a growing vigorous ethanol industry has been created that already provides a significant contribution to the United States budget and economy by providing jobs and displacing oil imports.

The Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) of $0.51 per gallon (now reduced to $0.45 per gallon) provided the United States a 5-to-1 return on investment in 2008 as follows:


Revenue (economic benefits):                                 



Federal income tax paid on increased



GDP and higher household income

$ 11.90



Source: Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States






State and Local tax revenue paid on increased



GDP, higher household income and increased property taxes

$ 9.00



Source: Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States






Reduction in Loan Deficiency Payments

$ 3.4  



Source: Economic Contribution of the Partial Exemption



for Ethanol From the Federal Excise Tax on Motor Fuel






Total 2008 economic benefits

 $24.35 billion






Expense (federal tax credit):




Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC)




and Small Producer Credit

$ 4.70



Source: Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States








Net Economic Benefit of Ethanol tax credit


$ 19.65







The renewable fuel industry provides American jobs and a less or non-polluting fuel. With increasing efficiencies each year, it is obvious that this industry has a bright future as it continues to mature.

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About Bill McInturf

Bill McInturf has 25 years experience of senior financial leadership primarily in the real estate industry.  He has participated in private fund raising, acquisitions, dispositions, acquisition financing, re-financing and mezzanine financing, the selection and implementation of two enterprise-wide computer systems; supporting rapid growth (both organic and acquisition) with process improvements that streamlined efficiencies; and managing budgeting and forecasting, cash management, audit, and tax return preparation.