Bank of America joins the tax-plan after party with $145 million in bonuses to employees

  • Bank of America is the latest to join the tax-plan bonus party, paying $1,000 bonuses to roughly 145,000 employees.
  • That works out to a $145 million payout by the Charlotte-based bank, which makes about $93 billion in annual revenue.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the latest company to offer employees a cash reward following the passage of the $1.5 trillion GOP tax plan. 

The bank will give $1,000 bonuses to its roughly 145,000 employees who make less than $150,000 a year, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal

That works out to a $145 million payout by the Charlotte-based bank, which takes in about $93 billion in annual revenue.

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AT&T

AT&T said Wednesday it will pay a $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 US employees after the GOP tax bill is enacted.

"Once tax reform is signed into law, AT&T plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018 and pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T US employees — all union-represented, non-management and front-line managers," a company press release said. "If the president signs the bill before Christmas, employees will receive the bonus over the holidays."

At a White House event on Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump called AT&T's plan "pretty good."

Boeing

Boeing released a statement announcing "immediate commitments for an additional $300 million in investments that will move forward as a result of the new tax law."

They are:

"$100 million for corporate giving, with funds used to support demand for employee gift-match programs and for investments in Boeing's focus areas for charitable giving: in education, in our communities, and for veterans and military personnel.

"$100 million for workforce development in the form of training, education, and other capabilities development to meet the scale needed for rapidly evolving technologies and expanding markets.

"$100 million for "workplace of the future" facilities and infrastructure enhancements for Boeing employees.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said: 

"For Boeing, the reforms enable us to better compete on the world stage and give us a stronger foundation for the investment in innovation, facilities and skills that will support our long-term growth."

Fifth Third Bancorp

Fifth Third Bancorp said it would raise its minimum hourly wage for all employees to $15, with 3,000 hourly employees benefiting from the hike. The bank also said it would distribute a one-time bonus of $1,000 to about 75% of its employees.

"We want to invest in our most important asset – our people," said Fifth Third President and CEO Greg Carmichael. "Our employees drive our reputation, our business and our success."

From the release: 

"Newly passed tax legislation includes a reduction in corporate tax rates designed to spur economic growth. Carmichael said the tax cut allowed the Bank the opportunity to reevaluate its compensation structure and share some of those benefits with its talented and dedicated workforce."

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo said it would raise its hourly minimum wage 11% to $15 from $13.50. Additionally, the bank plans to donate $400 million to community and nonprofit organizations in 2018 and will target 2% of its after-tax profits for corporate philanthropy beginning in 2019.

"We believe tax reform is good for our U.S. economy and are pleased to take these immediate steps to invest in our team members, communities, small businesses, and homeowners," said President and CEO Tim Sloan in a company release.

"We look forward to identifying additional opportunities for Wells Fargo to invest, as we continue to execute our business strategies and provide long-term value to all our stakeholders. As the nation’s largest small business lender and residential mortgage provider, we understand our significant role in helping grow the economy."

Comcast NBC Universal

Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast NBC Universal, said the company would award $1,000 special bonuses to more than 100,000 eligible frontline and non-executive employees following tax reform and the repeal of net neutrality.

Roberts also pledged to spend $50 billion over the next five years investing in infrastructure, saying that the investments would "add thousands of new direct and indirect jobs."

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A handful of companies have announced employee bonuses following the tax plan's passage this week, headlined by $200 million in bonuses AT&T announced Wednesday for 200,000 of its employees. 

Other companies who've joined the tax-plan after party: Boeing, Fifth Third Bank, Wells Fargo, Comcast NBC Universal, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Texas Capital Bank.

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