Unlike other economic powerhouses, the United States does little to help its own companies win business abroad, and that timidity has allowed China to devour market share in emerging economies. It is time for Washington to shed its hang-ups about lobbying on behalf of American firms and start taking commercial diplomacy seriously.
As the White House releases the 2013 budget, corporate taxation could be an issue where Congress can find compromise in fiscal policy. Both parties agree the current corporate tax regime is inefficient and often disadvantages U.S. businesses globally.
With Wall Street careening from one crisis to the next, financial institutions focus on drawing a line to stanch the bleeding. A broader debate over systemic medicine has also kicked into gear, with talk of major reforms in store for the financial sector.
Most lawmakers agree corporate tax reform is an important step in improving U.S. global economic competitiveness, but a debate over rate levels and whether to tax foreign profits of multinationals remains unresolved.
This report focuses on the global issues relating to tax rate differentials between the United States and other countries. It provides tax rate comparisons; discusses policy implications, including the effect of a corporate rate cut on revenue, output, and national welfare; and discusses the outlook for and consequences of a revenue neutral corporate tax reform.
Authors: Scott D. Dyreng, Michelle Hanlon, and Edward L. Maydew
Scott D. Dyreng, Michelle Hanlon, and Edward L. Maydew say they have developed a measure to investigate the extent to which some firms are able to avoid taxes over periods as long as ten years, and how predictive one-year tax rates are for tax avoidance in the long run.
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