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  • If we really want to soak the rich, we should abolish the corporate income tax

    07/08/2014 7:02:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Post ^ | 07/08/2014 | Andrew Coyne
    Why do we tax corporations? No, seriously — why? If you’re like most people and all New Democrats, your response will be “because that’s where the money is,” or some variant thereon. Corporations have lots of money, the thinking runs, and are unlikely to mind if the government helps itself to some of it. And since they don’t vote, it doesn’t much matter if they do mind. An economist, on the other hand, would point out that, one way or another, all of the income earned by a corporation finds its way back to the people who financed it, whether...
  • S&P: We Must Cut Corporate Taxes to Create 10M New Jobs

    06/30/2014 7:09:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 06/30/2014 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    There’s a growing, bipartisan consensus that the berserk complexity of the U.S. tax code stymies job growth. Our tax code has grown to be 25 times the length of "War and Peace,” notes Pete Sepp, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. Lowering corporate tax rates and simplifying the maniacally-convoluted tax code is slowly catching fire. S&P Capital IQ has provided an estimate on just what would happen to the U.S. economy if the effective corporate tax rate paid by S&P 500 companies dropped to Switzerland’s average, effective rate of 22.4% from our current 32.3%. S&P Capital IQ says...
  • More Companies Escaping America’s Masochistic Corporate Tax System (Medtronic is the latest)

    06/17/2014 7:50:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/17/2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last August, I shared a list of companies that “re-domiciled” in other nations so they could escape America’s punitive “worldwide” tax system. This past April, I augmented that list with some commentary about whether Walgreen’s might become a Swiss-based company. And in May, I pontificated about Pfizer’s effort to re-domicile in the United Kingdom. Well, to paraphrase what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential debate, here we go again. Here’s the opening few sentences from a report in the Wall Street Journal. Medtronic Inc.’s agreement on Sunday to buy rival medical-device maker Covidien COV PLC for...
  • Tax Reform Should Begin With Eliminating Corporate Taxes

    03/19/2014 7:20:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/18/2014 | LAURENCE J. KOTLIKOFF
    My daydream is to lock all members of Congress and the president in a classroom with a big whiteboard and not let them out until they can pass a basic test in public finance. The first thing I'd teach them about is tax incidence — who really bears the burden of a tax. Our politicians seem to think the burden of taxes falls on those who they require to pay, as in remit or transmit or hand over or submit or mail in, the tax. This is entirely off base. Who bears the burden of (is hurt by) a tax...
  • Kill the Corporate Tax to Help Workers

    01/13/2014 7:39:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    It was a former top Democratic staffer on the House Budget Committee, not some Kemp-Laffer supply-sider, who first convinced me that one of the most dynamic and worthwhile tax reforms, and one of the least costly (to the federal government’s revenues), would be the complete elimination of the corporate income tax. Now comes Laurence Kotlikoff, a well-respected economist, usually a critic of the Lafferites and the tea partiers, to urge again — in the New York Times, no less — that we jettison the whole corporate income tax. Kotlikoff is right: The corporate income tax is a drain on...
  • Obama challenges GOP to accept corporate tax deal

    07/30/2013 2:24:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2013 5:14 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered congressional Republicans a new corporate tax cut and jobs spending package he said might “help break through some of the political logjam in Washington,” only to have GOP lawmakers immediately throw cold water on the idea. The announcement and quick rejection underscored how elusive common ground is between the Democratic White House and Republicans in Congress on fiscal issues. The divide was particularly stark on the corporate tax proposal given that both parties generally have supported overhauling the code for businesses, though the White House and Republicans have differed on specifics. … The U.S....
  • John Boehner Has Already Killed The 'Grand Bargain' More Than 5 Hours Before Obama's Speech

    07/30/2013 7:57:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/30/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    House Speaker John Boehner has already thrown a wrench into President Barack Obama's latest "grand bargain" offer — just a few hours after details of it began trickling out, and just five hours before Obama is set to deliver a speech detailing the plan in Tennessee. The gist of Obama's grand bargain is a plan to cut the corporate tax rate, while using billions of dollars in revenue generated in business tax overhaul to fund a job-creation program. In a statement, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel shot down the idea, marveling that it left small businesses "and American families behind." "The...
  • America’s Corporate Tax System Ranks a Miserable 94 out of 100 Nations

    07/12/2013 10:24:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/12/2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve relentlessly complained that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate among all developed nations. And if you look at all the world’s countries, our status is still very dismal. According to the the Economist, we have the second highest corporate tax rate, exceeded only by the United Arab Emirates. But some people argue that the statutory tax rate can be very misleading because of all the other policies that impact the actual tax burden on companies. That’s a very fair point, so I was very interested to see that a couple of economists at a German think tank put together a “tax...
  • For more jobs, fix the corporate tax code

    07/03/2013 7:34:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/03/2013 | Yuri Vanetik
    The May jobs report shows that the American economy added 175,000 positions. Positive employment growth is welcome news, of course. But May's gains weren't big enough to make a dent in the national joblessness rate, which actually ticked up to 7.6%. Meanwhile, revenue at most U.S. companies continues to grow as firms expand operations and accumulate capital. Yet this progress hasn't precipitated a proportional expansion in hiring. This lag has long been a source of frustration on Capitol Hill. Perhaps yet another month of anemic job growth will actually jolt policymakers into action. The best way for Congress and the...
  • Corporate Tax Avoidance: Where’s the Harm?

    05/27/2013 7:54:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/27/2013 | Chris Edwards
    Politicians are having fun slapping around big corporations for supposedly not paying enough taxes. In this country, Apple is the current target, while in Europe it’s Google, Amazon, and Starbucks, according to the Washington Post today. But there is an elephant in the room that the many reporters and politicians blustering over the issue have been too ideologically blind to see: There is no obvious harm being done by today’s corporate tax avoidance. The first thing to note is that when investment flows through tax havens, it’s not clear that it causes any economic distortions. The Washington Post story...
  • Targeting Apple: America's Burdensome Corporate Tax System Is To Blame For Tax Avoidance

    05/23/2013 7:25:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/23/2013 | The Editors
    At a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, federal lawmakers hauled in America’s most successful corporation to investigate why it had so precisely followed the laws those solons have passed. The targeting of Apple should be no particular surprise, in Congress’s crass calculus: True, even if reducing one’s tax burden and shifting profits overseas were a crime, Apple would probably not be the first company to investigate for such behavior — as chief executive Tim Cook pointed out, Apple paid $6 billion in corporate-income taxes to the U.S. Treasury in 2012, which is enough to run the entire Transportation Security Administration...
  • Apple Avoids Most Income Taxes, Panel Finds

    05/20/2013 5:33:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/20/2013 | By KATE LINEBAUGH, JESSICA E. LESSIN and DANNY YADRON
    Apple Inc. paid little to no corporate income tax to any national government on tens of billions of dollars in overseas income over the past four years, Senate investigators found, a revelation that fuels the debate over whether the U.S. tax code needs an overhaul. The disclosure follows a lengthy examination of the technology giant's tax practices by the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which is expected to air its findings at a hearing on Tuesday. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is preparing to testify at the hearing, and is expected to propose changes to a tax code that...
  • Can You Name the One Nation in the World with a Higher Corporate Tax Rate than the United States?

    05/01/2013 10:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 133 replies ^ | May 1, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve made the point before that the United States foolishly imposes the highest corporate tax rate of all developed nations. But that obviously means it is theoretically possible for there to be a nation in the developing world that has a higher corporate tax rates. Well, according to this map produced by the Financial Times, there is one nation with a worse corporate tax regime. It’s not China, which is nominally still a communist nation (though apparently with more of a pro-business mentality than the United States). It’s not Venezuela or Argentina, corrupt and thuggish Latin American nations. And it’s...
  • America’s Companies Paying the Most in Taxes

    03/15/2013 8:52:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 03/15/2013 | Douglas A. McIntyre
    There has been a bruising battle over how much America’s largest corporations should pay in taxes, especially as the size of the federal budget deficit grows. While on paper the federal corporate tax rate is 35%, companies usually pay far less than that because of loopholes and subsidies. That has caused some activists to say that companies should pay the full rate regardless of special accounting charges, or if some revenue is earned overseas. Still, several huge American companies pay the 35% rate, and because of their size, the amount is well into the billions of dollars. The companies paying...
  • U.S. should ax destructive corporate tax

    09/25/2012 5:02:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/25/2012 | Richard Rahn
    It’s difficult to say definitively which tax is the most destructive. The corporate income tax is a leading candidate for causing higher prices to consumers, lower wages to workers and lower returns to investors. It misallocates capital, resulting in higher levels of unemployment and lower levels of economic growth and opportunity, and it taxes income that has already been taxed as least once before. The 2012 annual rankings of “Corporate Tax Competitiveness” was published in Canada by University of Calgary and in the United States by Cato Institute. In the study, authors Duanjie Chen and Jack Mintz of the school...
  • The White House's Global Tax Gaffe

    04/02/2012 10:24:29 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-30 | Hugh Johnson
    On Sunday, Japan’s corporate tax reform kicks in and the United States will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Including average state taxes the corporate tax rate in the United States reaches an astounding 39.2 percent, much higher than the OECD international average marginal tax rate of 25.5 percent. Obama’s own former Council of Economic Advisers chairman, Austan Goolsbee, documented firm sensitivity to taxation. Goolsbee’s paper, published at the University of Chicago, highlighted increased deadweight loss as a significant adverse consequence of corporate taxation. Simply put, taxes create inefficiencies while giving governments more money to spend. Businesses,...
  • MILLER: America’s high tax leadership

    04/01/2012 3:16:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | Emily Miller
    The United States is now, officially, the worst place to do business in the developed world. On Sunday, Japan lowered its corporate tax rate in the hopes of luring business to its shores, handing the title of highest tax rate to the Land of the Free. The market reaction on Monday will tell whether money will begin flowing away from us and toward the more business-friendly Asian country. Japan’s combined corporate tax rate went down from 39.8 percent to 36.8 percent on its way to 34.5 percent within a few years. The U.S. federal rate is 35 percent and the...
  • US now has highest corporate tax rates in the world (Not an April Foll's joke)

    03/31/2012 6:15:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/31/2012 | Rick Moran
    This OECD chart (bottom of the page) published by Heritage says it all: ____________________________________ The U.S. rate is well above the 25 percent average of other developed nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In fact, the U.S. rate is almost 15 percentage points higher than the OECD average. This gaping disparity means every other country that we compete with for new investment is better situated to land that new investment and the jobs that come with it, because the after-tax return from that investment promises to be higher in those lower-taxed nations. Our high rate also...
  • Obama Corporate Tax Reform a Sugar-Coated, Harmful Tax Hike

    02/22/2012 12:49:32 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    The Foundry/Heritage Foundation ^ | February 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm | J.D. Foster
    With his corporate tax reform “framework,” President Obama today added another element to his ultimately harmful economic agenda. Previously announced anti-growth policies include massive budget deficits, a huge tax hike on individuals and small businesses in 2013, and his proposal to nearly triple the dividend tax rate. His new proposal starts strong by reducing the federal corporate income tax rate to 28 percent from the current 35 percent. This is a good and long-overdue policy change. Regrettably, he marries rate reduction to a net corporate tax hike based in part on extending his policy to hammer and ultimately deconstruct U.S....
  • Obama Tax Revamp Seeks 28% Corporate Rate [Proving DNC knows the rates kill jobs]

    02/22/2012 11:22:02 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 22 2012 | y JEFFREY SPARSHOTT And SIOBHAN HUGHES
    The Obama administration Wednesday proposed an overhaul of U.S. corporate taxes that would lower the maximum rate companies pay while eliminating scores of loopholes that allow businesses to reduce their payments. The Treasury Department said the plan would overhaul the corporate-tax code, including lowering the top income-tax rate for corporations to 28% from 35%, cutting the effective tax rate even further for manufacturers, and eliminating popular deductions. The plan also maintains or makes permanent some credits, such as for research and development and production of renewable electricity, which aims to encourage investment in wind and solar power. "A key test...
  • Obama moves on corporate-tax reform (in the wrong direction!)

    02/22/2012 9:37:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Corporate tax reform has long been an opportunity for a win-win bipartisan effort in Washington. Everyone agrees that the corporate code needs significant changes, if not a complete overhaul; it's too complicated, too costly, and rewards the larger companies that can afford to analyze it for every possible benefit. Both parties have made corporate tax reform part of their plartforms, Democrats arguing that we need to close loopholes, Republicans that we need simplification and lower rates.The White House decided to go first on corporate tax reform: The Obama administration Wednesday will unveil a framework for reforming the corporate tax code...
  • Exclusive: Obama to pitch lower corporate tax

    02/10/2012 4:27:02 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:47pm EST | Kim Dixon
    President Barack Obama will call for cutting the top 35 percent corporate tax rate as early as this month, according to two sources close to the administration. The president is likely to propose a rate closer to an average of that seen in peer nations, the sources said. This would jibe with remarks made last year by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who suggested the United States should be moving to a rate more in line with its major trading partners in the high 20-percent range. Obama outlined tax measures - including closing tax loopholes for companies that move facilities and...
  • The Global Elite Are Hiding 18 Trillion Dollars In Offshore Banks

    01/22/2012 6:49:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 01/21/2012 | Michael Snyder
    In recent days, the fact that Mitt Romney has millions of dollars parked down in the Cayman Islands has made headlines all over the world. But when it comes to offshore banking, what Mitt Romney is doing is small potatoes. The truth is that the global elite are hiding an almost unbelievable amount of money in offshore banks. According to shocking research done by the IMF, the global elite are holding a total of 18 trillion dollars in offshore banks. And that figure does not even count any money being held in Switzerland. That is a staggering amount of...
  • Where the candidates really stand on business taxes

    12/02/2011 3:31:36 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Business Brief ^ | 12-2-11 | Jennifer Azara
    Whether you’ve been watching every debate or are waiting until the field narrows, the 2012 presidential election push has gotten underway. So what will the impact be on your business? No denying, the economy will be a hot topic this go-around. And tax reform remains an integral part of any strategy to right the ship. One specific target? Corporate taxes. With good reason: The United States is well above-average in its corporate tax rates. While the international average falls around 20%, we blow that away. But maybe not for long. The candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination plan to...
  • Who Really Pays For Corporate Taxes?

    11/10/2011 6:49:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/11/2011 | Prof. Walter Williams
    Many Wall Street Occupiers are echoing the Communist Party USA's call to "Save the nation! Tax corporations! Tax the rich!" There are other Americans, on both the left and the right — President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, for example — who call for reductions in corporate taxes. But the University of California at Berkeley's pretend economist Robert Reich disagrees, saying, "The economy needs two whopping corporate tax cuts right now as much as someone with a serious heart condition needs Botox." Let's look at corporate taxes and ask, "Who pays them?" Virginia has a car tax. Does the...
  • Study: 30 top firms paid no federal income taxes (Could 9-9-9 have remedied that?)

    11/03/2011 12:52:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/03/2011 | Tim Mak
    Thirty large and profitable Fortune 500 corporations paid no federal income taxes between 2008 and 2010, according to a new study Thursday on corporate loopholes. In fact, the 30 companies enjoyed a negative effective income tax rate over the three-year period, even as they earned pre-tax profits of $160 billion, according to two think tanks, Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. A negative tax rate represents a tax benefit like a credit, not necessarily direct funds from the government. Pepco Holdings, a Washington, D.C.-area power company, had the lowest effective tax rate at negative...
  • Tax the Banks to Cover Auto Bailout Losses?

    09/29/2011 9:16:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 29, 2011 | Mark Modica
    A recent article on by John Berlau exposes another scheme by the Obama Administration designed to redistribute more wealth in an effort to cover taxpayer losses in the General Motors and Chrysler bailout fiasco. The plan is to have financial institutions with assets of more than $50 billion to continue to pay a "financial crisis responsibility fee" until TARP losses by firms like GM and Chrysler are recouped. Of course, cronies at GM and Chrysler are not on the hook for the losses. It seems that the old playbook used by Obama to have others pay for the...
  • Palin calls for elimination of corporate income tax

    09/06/2011 8:51:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    Ideal Taxes Association ^ | September 6, 2011 | Howard Richman
    (VIDEO AT LINK) In her speech in Iowa on September 3, which you can watch above, Governor Sarah Palin called for the complete elimination of the U.S. corporate income tax as a way to create jobs. She correctly pointed out that the corporate income tax sends American jobs abroad and that eliminating the tax would cause investment in America to surge. At the same time that she would eliminate the corporate income tax, she would end corporate bailouts, corporate welfare and tax loopholes. She would do so partly as an anti-corruption measure. She argues that Obama is growing a corrupt...
  • Root Causes:Sarah Palin Lays Out A Governing Philosophy That Should Worry Both Sides of the Aisle

    09/04/2011 6:30:28 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 352 replies
    Big Government ^ | Sep 3rd 2011 | John Nolte
    "Today in Iowa, home of that all-important Caucus (hint-hint?), Governor Palin spoke as clearly as she ever has on a subject near and dear to my heart and one I’ve been waiting to hear from a serious GOP contender. Palin calls it, quite appropriately, “crony capitalism,” where the moneyed and powerful receive preferential treatment from our political class in exchange for the financial support that puts and keeps the political class in charge of the rest of us. This is the vicious circle currently tanking our economy and Palin’s own words sum it up best: “Corporate welfare is just socialism...
  • Why We Should Eliminate the Corporate Income Tax

    02/04/2011 8:11:52 AM PST · by 49parallel · 40 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Oct 28, 2010 | Megan McArdle
    I can practically hear my more leftish readers grinding their teeth as they prepare to unload a wagonful of vitriol,... Why do I say this? Well, I've been over all this before, many times, but for new readers, it's worth rehearsing the arguments:... The corporate income tax encourages firms to waste resources on tax avoidance In general, taxes are most efficient when they fall on those who have the most difficulty avoiding them. Big corporations can and do spend an enormous amount of money and human effort transforming their income into more tax-preferred forms--deferring it, moving it, swapping it with...
  • The Taxman Cometh to Illinois—With a 75% Hike (Coming soon -- World's Highest Corporate Tax rate)

    01/09/2011 11:36:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/08/2011 | Stephen Moore
    Chicago If you thought California had the ugliest budget outlook in America, think again. California's deficit is at $21 billion, or roughly 20%, of the state budget. But in Illinois, the budget deficit of $15 billion is greater than 40% of the state's annual revenues. To close that hole, the legislature in Springfield, controlled by Democrats and led by the all-powerful Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, is now convened in an emergency lame duck session. On Thursday night, Gov. Pat Quinn and leaders in the house and senate agreed on a plan that they'll vote on as soon as...
  • Tracing the Japanese Tax Experiment (The USA will now have the world's highest corporate tax rate)

    01/09/2011 5:45:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 01/08/2011 | Brian Koenig
    The United States' current corporate tax rate is far from competitive. Average combined state and federal corporate taxes are 39.2 percent, second highest among industrialized nations, just under Japan's 39.5 percent rate. But this positioning is about to change. On December 16, 2010, Prime Minister Naoto Kan approved a five percent cut on Japan's corporate tax, lowering the rate to under 35 percent. Iceland's corporate tax rate currently stands at 18 percent; Poland 19 percent; Sweden 25 percent; and Mexico 28 percent. Overall, the average corporate tax rate among OECD nations hovers around 27 percent, with the United States a...
  • A Rate Which Lives In Infamy (USA Will soon have the world's highest corporate tax rate)

    12/17/2010 7:28:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fiscal Policy: President Calvin Coolidge famously said that the chief business of the American people is business. Now it seems that the chief business of Congress is to make sure American businesses are taxed at a punitive rate. Earlier this week, Japan quietly announced it was cutting its corporate tax rate by 5 percentage points next year. That will leave the U.S., where the average combined federal and state corporate rate is 40%, with the highest rate in the developed world (see chart). A high corporate tax rate is a drag on an economy. It affects a country's competitiveness as...
  • How Obama Can Fix It All (But Won't)

    11/05/2010 8:54:13 AM PDT · by frithguild · 4 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | November 4, 2010 | Tom
    Here is a great example of why a doctrinaire bureaucracy loving 'big labor' liberal like Obama has no business in the Whitehouse. Current monetary policy is providing him an opportunity to fix the bulk of what’s wrong with the US economy with the stroke of a pen, but he’ll never do it because it would violate his idealistic (and economically illiterate) view of how the world works. If Obama wants to create jobs all he has to do is eliminate the corporate income tax… all of it… forever. If he then chooses the worst case spending scenario and makes no...
  • Calif. tax climate 2nd worst in U.S. ( NY is number One )

    10/30/2010 11:10:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | October 29th, 2010 | Jan Norman
    California’s business tax climate is second worst in the nation, better only than New York’s, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation. New Jersey managed to move up two spots on the list after four straight years as the nation’s worst business tax climate... The index is based on the premise that taxes matter to business and states don’t raise or lower taxes in a vacuum. “The modern market is characterized by mobile capital and labor. Therefore, companies will locate where they have the greatest competitive advantage...
  • Canada's Turnaround from a High-Debt, High-Tax, High-Deficit Country to Lowest Tax Rates in G7

    04/03/2010 8:59:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 432+ views
    Carpe Diem ^ | 04/03/2010 | Mark J. Perry
    "Canada's relatively low corporate taxes have helped to make this country one of the best places in the world for companies to set up shop. Canada ranks second among 10 key countries as a cost-effective place to do business, and relatively low taxes are one of the main factors, consultants KPMG said in a report released yesterday. KPMG said one key reason for Canada's high standing is that federal and provincial governments have been cutting taxes and reforming tax laws in recent years. Indeed, Canada now has lower business taxes than any other G7 country. "It's really over the last...
  • Can We Cut the Corporate Rate? (If we want to be competitive & create jobs, we gotta do it)

    10/09/2009 7:57:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 460+ views
    TaxVox ^ | 10/8/2009 | Howard Gleckman
    Tax experts will argue about nearly anything. But on one issue, there is something approaching a consensus: Corporate tax rates in the U.S. are too high. Where all that harmony turns dissonant, however, is over the matter of what to do about it. Cutting the corporate rate, it turns out, raises all sorts of complex technical problems, to say nothing of being a political nightmare. President Obama’s interest in raising the top rate on wealthy individuals only increases the challenges. If we cut the corporate rate from 35 percent to, say, 25 percent but at the same time raise the...
  • Cut The Corporate Tax Rate! (tax policy is driving companies--and jobs -- out of the country)

    09/19/2009 11:26:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 655+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9/19/2009 | Peter Robinson
    The other day a friend of mine, who we'll call Doc, had to cut short a telephone conversation. "Gotta run," he said. "The government of Singapore just arrived." While the entire government of Singapore hadn't actually trooped into Doc's Northern California office, I learned when we spoke again, the delegation had been substantial. The reason for the visit? Recent Obama tax proposal. The story here gets a little complicated. But bear with me. The complexity is part of the point. Doc helps run a company that has developed a new pharmaceutical technology. The technology remains confidential, but think of it...
  • Corporate Taxes, and Their Real Impact On Small Business

    04/24/2009 5:39:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 535+ views
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 4/24/2009 | Michael Ortner
    Capterra was started in 1999, and like most other technology companies we opted for the standard C corporation as our business structure. While other structures such as LLCs and S corporations would have allowed us to avoid income taxes, their inherent complexities, higher associated costs and other limitations were enough to turn us away. Additionally, we expected that it would take years for the company to reach profitability. Now, almost ten years later, our business has grown significantly, we've been profitable for six years, and we've subject to corporate income taxes all of those six years. I never seriously considered...
  • Taxed to the Max

    04/15/2009 6:57:46 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies · 376+ views
    CFO Magazine ^ | March 1, 2009 | Randy Myers
    Taxed to the Max Hefty tax rates continue to penalize U.S. companies, and the calls for reform are growing louder. Randy Myers, CFO MagazineMarch 1, 2009 As jobs vanish and Washington mulls a vast range of economic policy options, one that's conspicuously absent is corporate tax reform. That alarms many business advocates, who fear that current tax policy is outdated and will cripple U.S. companies if global growth resumes later this year or early next. "At this pivotal moment in history," warns David Lewis, chief tax executive for Eli Lilly and Co., "the U.S. must embrace an internationally competitive corporate tax...
  • O'Malley looks to gas tax

    09/26/2007 5:31:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 209+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 24, 2007 | Andrew A. Green
    Governor favors linking rate to cost of road work Maryland's gasoline tax would go up in 18 months -- and possibly sooner -- if Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to add $400 million a year in transportation funding is approved by the General Assembly. Although an immediate increase in the gas tax is not part of the $2 billion revenue plan the Democratic governor has been rolling out over the past week, he said Monday that he will push to tie future increases to the rising cost of road and bridge construction materials. At present rates of inflation, that would average...
  • O'Malley Demands That Wealthy Pay "Fair Share"

    08/25/2007 5:27:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 315+ views
    Cranky Community Curmudgeon ^ | August 24, 2007 | Cranky Community Curmudgeon
    In another apparent effort to prepare Marylanders for looming tax increases, Gov. Martin O'Malley released a recorded statement to radio stations suggesting corporations and higher-income earners will be among those asked to pay more. "When given a choice between decline and progress, the people of Maryland always choose to make progress," O'Malley (D) says in the message, which runs more than two minutes and was sent to more than 50 radio stations, an aide said. "Together we can overcome the deficit in our path, and we can get our fiscal house in order in a way that improves our state...
  • It's Not Luck (The Celtic Tiger)

    03/16/2007 1:20:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 618+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | March 16, 2007 | Chris Edwards
    Chris Edwards is director of tax policy studies and author of Downsizing the Federal Government. On St. Patrick's Day, we wear green and celebrate the culture of Ireland. I'll be down at the pub tomorrow, but I'll be toasting Ireland's success at attracting greenbacks -- all that investment flowing into the Emerald Isle and the resulting prosperity. Ireland has boomed in recent years, and it now boasts the fourth highest gross domestic product per capita in the world. In the mid-1980s, Ireland was a backwater with an average income level 30 percent below that of the European Union. Today, Irish...
  • German Corporate Tax Cut

    06/23/2006 3:32:44 PM PDT · by Sean Flynn · 4 replies · 315+ views
    Germany Plans Corporate-Tax Cut Nominal Rate Would Fall To Below 30% to Compete For Investment in EU By MARCUS WALKER June 22, 2006; Page A6 BERLIN -- Germany plans to unveil a deep cut to its corporate-tax rate as early as next week, in an effort to make the country more attractive for investors, buckling to a European Union trend that Berlin had previously characterized as "unfair" tax competition. Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück's plan to cut Germany's nominal tax rate on corporate profits to just under 30%, from nearly 39%, would bring Germany in line with moves across the EU...
  • EU tax ruling could affect IFSC (Dublin's Financial District)

    05/02/2006 7:55:46 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 5 replies · 282+ views
    RTE News, Dublin, Ireland ^ | May 2, 2006 | RTE News
    <p>The Advocate General, the top legal advisor to the European Court of Justice, has said that a British law that applies a 'top-up tax' to eliminate the difference between Irish and British corporation taxes, may be unfair to companies with Irish registered subsidiaries.</p>
  • End Corporate Income Tax

    12/01/2004 3:40:03 AM PST · by SmithPatterson · 48 replies · 914+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-1-04 | Richard Rahn
    End corporate income tax By Richard W. Rahn On Nov. 18, in a speech given at the Finance Ministry in Vienna, Austria, the very highly regarded European economist and first woman president of the Mont Pelerin Society, Professor Victoria Curzon Price, called for eliminating the corporate income tax. There, in the center of socialist Europe, was not only the call to get rid of this destructive tax, but almost everyone in an audience of economists, various government finance officials and public policy experts appeared to agree with her. The idea and practice of the corporate income tax has been dying...
  • Senate Corporate Tax Bill S 1637 = Pork City (my title)

    05/21/2004 8:00:43 PM PDT · by Torie · 14 replies · 282+ views
    Taxpayers for Common Sense ^ | May 12, 2004 | Keith Ashdown
    For Immediate Release May 12, 2004 Contact: Keith Ashdown 202.546.8500 x110 TCS STATEMENT ON JOBS ACT Washington, D.C. - The following is a written statement by Keith Ashdown, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense on final passage of S. 1637 - the Corporate Tax Bill: The Senate today passed what initially was a legislative replacement for $50 billion in illegal export tax breaks, but has become a $170 billion corporate cash cow stuffed to the brim with more than 150 unrelated giveaways and payoffs to almost every special interest with Gucci clad hired guns. The complicated strategy to grease...