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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pike: U.S. Taxes Corporate Income at Comparatively Low Rate

Tax Analysts Andrew Pike (American), U.S. Taxes Corporate Income at Comparatively Low Rate, 134 Tax Notes 1533 (Mar. 19, 2012):

This article asserts that the United States does not subject corporate profits to a relatively high nominal rate of taxation. In support of this assertion, the article analyzes the VAT, and concludes that the VAT incorporates a tax on corporate profits. The portion of the VAT that taxes corporate profit is comparable to, and at least as burdensome as, the current U.S. corporate income tax. The article concludes that the accepted wisdom that the United States imposes an exceptionally high nominal rate of tax (compared to the nominal rates of taxation imposed in other OECD countries) on corporate profits is wrong – at least with respect to a very broad range of domestic businesses. Consequently, the need to lower those tax rates is not justified – at least based on the need to meet the lower rates in other OECD countries.

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