Archive for the ‘Corporate Taxes’ Category

Baucus Proposes International Tax Reform But Future Action Remains Uncertain

In an effort to jumpstart moribund tax reform efforts, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is suggesting major changes in the way U.S.-based multinational corporations are taxed on their overseas income. The plan is quite specific (even including legislative language and a 90-page technical summary) but it is not a formal proposal and leaves many […]

“Stateless Income” Versus “Statefully Taxless Income”

Ireland is playing the world like a Celtic harp, and perhaps the world deserves it. The US and other European nations have been complaining for some time about Ireland’s impish behavior in international tax. Ireland, it is said, has specifically designed its tax system to help facilitate tax avoidance by massive multinational enterprises (MNEs) such […]

Paying for Corporate Tax Rate Cuts is Hard

Covering the revenue loss from deep individual income tax rate cuts while maintaining the income tax’s current progressivity is difficult, as Howard Gleckman explained here last week. It turns out that paying for corporate tax rate cuts is even harder. And new Tax Policy Center estimates show that lowering corporate tax rates without paying for […]

A Summer Update on Tax Reform

Over the past week, Washington has been filled with news about tax reform—some reflecting necessary but painful truths and some just bad. In no particular order, here is where reform stands as Congress leaves town for its extended summer vacation: Big rates cuts are very expensive. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that Congress would […]

Obama’s New Corporate Tax Offer is Another Dead End

In a speech today in Chattanooga TN, President Obama made congressional Republicans an offer they could refuse. And they did.  By doing so, Obama may have quashed the last shred of hope that tax reform can happen before the 2014 congressional elections. In what the White House pitched as a new idea, Obama offered to […]

The OECD’s International Tax Plan: The First Step on a Long Road

Last week, the OECD proposed a major new initiative aimed at cracking down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations. The 40-page report follows widespread international criticism of aggressive tax planning by high-profile U.S.-based firms such as Starbucks, Apple, and Google. The OECD report, called the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, makes 15 recommendations […]

Large U.S. Firms Paid a 16.6 Percent Federal Tax Rate

A new analysis by the Government Accountability Office finds that in 2010 large U.S. corporations paid an average effective tax rate on their worldwide income of 22.7 percent and U.S. federal tax of only about 16.6 percent.  The federal rate was less than half of the 35 percent statutory rate. Large firms that made a […]

Can The Baucus-Hatch Blank Slate Plan Jump Start Tax Reform?

Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the chairman and senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, tried to jump-start the drive towards tax reform today with what they call a blank slate rewrite plan. Trouble is, it is not exactly a plan. And it isn’t quite a blank slate. Their idea is to get senators […]

Let Legal Marijuana Dispensaries Deduct Their Business Expenses

Firms can legally sell medical marijuana in 19 states and the District of Columbia and recreational weed in two. They must pay federal income taxes, but unlike all other businesses they are prohibited from reducing their taxable income by deducting business expenses. It is, to say the least, an odd state of affairs. Almost all […]

The Real Story About Apple’s Taxes

The remarkable thing about the Senate Permanent Investigations Subcommittee’s report on Apple Inc.’s corporate tax avoidance is how unremarkable it is. Because Apple is so profitable, the dollars involved will certainly attract attention (this is a Senate committee after all, so that is the point). The report alleges Apple reduced its U.S. corporate income tax […]