GOP tax bill: AT&T, Boeing among corporations rewarding employees


Some of America’s biggest organizations are propelling new initiatives to benefit employees after the GOP-drove House of Representatives affirmed the largest tax change bill in three decades this week.

The $1.5 billion tax bill lessens the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and changes the way the U.S. government taxes organizations that likewise operate internationally. The new arrangement, which is expected to be marked by President Donald Trump by January at the latest, is being hailed as a noteworthy victory for corporations and wealthy Americans.

FOX Business separates how employees at some real organizations are benefitting from the corporate world’s good fortune.


The telecom giant said Wednesday that more than 200,000 of its employees, including union-represented and non-management specialists, will be qualified for a $1,000 reward. The checks will be on the way in time for the occasions if Trump finishes the tax bill with his signature before Christmas. AT&T (T) likewise said it will invest $1 billion more than expected in the U.S. in 2018, once the cuts are last.

“Congress, working intimately with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. organizations in accordance with the rest of the industrialized world,” AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement. “This tax change will drive monetary growth and create great paying employments.”


The aviation and resistance organization immediately reported $300 million in investments after the bill go, with $100 million toward corporate giving including worker gift-match programs, $100 million toward workforce development, training and education and $100 million toward improving Boeing’s work environments.

“In the interest of the majority of our stakeholders, we praise and thank Congress and the administration for their authority in grabbing this opportunity to release monetary vitality in the United States,” Boeing (BA) President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement. “It’s the absolute most important thing we can do to drive innovation, support quality occupations and accelerate capital investment in our country.”


The Philadelphia-based telecom corporation said it would grant $1,000 rewards to more than 100,000 non-executive employees. In addition, Comcast (CMCSA) NBC Universal Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts said the organization intends to spend more than $50 billion in the next five years on infrastructure investments that are expected to create “thousands of new direct and indirect occupations.”

In a public statement, Comcast said the initiatives “depended on the section of tax change and the FCC’s action on broadband.”

Fifth Third Bancorp

The Cincinnati-based saving money corporation said it would raise the base time-based compensation for all employees to $15 every hour and administer $1,000 rewards for more than 13,500 laborers. The organization says tax change was directly in charge of the initiatives.

“It is useful for our communities, employees and Fifth Third Bank (FITB),” Fifth Third President and CEO Greg Carmichael said.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo and Company (WFC) said it would raise the lowest pay permitted by law for its team individuals to $15 every hour and reserve $400 million for philanthropic initiatives in 2018. Some $100 million of that total will be committed to boosting independent ventures, while $75 million will support neighborhood revitalization efforts.

“We trust tax change is useful for our U.S. economy and are satisfied to take these immediate steps to invest in our team individuals, communities, independent companies, and mortgage holders,” said Wells Fargo President and CEO Tim Sloan. “We anticipate identifying additional opportunities for Wells Fargo to invest, as we continue to execute our business strategies and give long haul an incentive to every one of our stakeholders.”