Tag: ‘Google’

The International Spitting Match Over the Google Tax Intensifies

By :: February 2nd, 2016

Call it the perils of one-off corporate tax settlements. While the developed world is trying—with limited success– to figure out how to tax multinational corporations, individual countries are making their own deals to collect back taxes with those firms. It is not a pretty sight. Last week, the UK reached a $187 million settlement with […]

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The Case of the Carrot in Need of a Stick: A Tax Credit for Paid Family Leave

By :: October 7th, 2015

My husband and I started our family in 2005. We both worked full-time: He for a large multinational corporation, and I for a small nonprofit. My employer offered 12 weeks of unpaid family leave, even though it was too small to be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Our family was lucky: […]

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

By :: July 23rd, 2013

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 […]

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Why A Repatriation Tax Holiday is Still a Bad Idea

By :: October 13th, 2011

In another one of those bad ideas that never seem to go away, Congress may be about to grant a huge tax break to multinational companies that have stashed earnings in their foreign subsidiaries. A temporary tax holiday for firms that return those profits to the United States is the latest evidence that bipartisanship is […]

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Two Bad Tax Ideas for Creating Jobs

By :: June 23rd, 2011

In Washington, bad ideas never go away. Now two old tax breaks have resurfaced with the ostensible goal of creating jobs, despite plenty of evidence that neither actually works. One would create a payroll tax break (aimed at employers instead of workers this time). The other would grant a temporary tax holiday to multinational corporations that […]

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