Corporate Tax Plan: The Good...The Bad...The Ugly
The President’s plan appears to address the root cause of the problem: the corporate tax rate needs to be lowered, some tax loopholes need to be eliminated, and the base needs to be broadened.
Most Americans don't consider the negative effects an uncompetitive corporate tax code has on the middle class. The U.S. corporate tax code does not discriminate against rich and poor. It robs everyone of potential wealth. By setting a minimum corporate tax on domestic companies operating abroad, the pressure for companies to move their business off-shore will only increase, and the incentives dwindle for businesses to incorporate in the U.S. Corporations respond by paying workers less, charging customers more and paying stockholders less –which drives down retirement savings.
Most developed countries are both reducing their corporate tax rates and restructuring their corporate tax systems to make them simpler. The president’s plan may reduce the rates, but it still double-taxes companies that have firms abroad, like Procter and Gamble or Nike. This means that consumers will still pay higher prices for these companies’ products and we’re no closer to real corporate tax reform that levels the playing field with our international competitors. If you do not believe global competitiveness affects the U.S., consider this: In 1960, the U.S. had 17 of the 20 largest firms in the global economy. Today, we have just six.
More on Corporate Tax Reform
"Is Obama's Corporate Tax Plan a Good Idea?"
Nick Tuszynski | US News Debate Club
"Half-Baked Corporate-Tax Reform"
Veronique de Rugy | National Review Online
"How Corporate Tax Reform Affects Individuals"
Antony Davies | Mercatus Commentary
"Why the United States Needs to Restructure the Corporate Income Tax"
Jason Fichtner and Nick Tuszynski | Mercatus Working Paper
"Increasing America's Competitiveness by Lowering the Corporate Tax Rate and Simplifying the Tax Code"
Jason Fichtner | Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Finance