Friday, February 15, 2013
Jessica L. Oldani (Attorney, Chicago), Rehabilitating the U.S. Corporate Income Tax System in Light of Current Realities and 26 U.S.C. Section 965, 46 Int'l Law. 709 (2012):
The U.S. corporate income tax system is outdated, overly prescriptive, and too complex and oppressive to respond efficiently and effectively to global business. As highlighted by § 965, the international provisions are especially stale. Yet, multinational enterprise income dominates the business environment, and cross border transactions are on the rise. I recommend placing global business concepts and the international tax code provisions at the center of restructured rules that include the following: new entity definitions and transaction/source rules that reflect evolving business realities; a strengthened worldwide system capable of encompassing border-defying income activity; principles-based standards to remain dynamic and relevant, as well as to simplify the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations and to clarify congressional intent; ending deferral for U.S. foreign-source income; reducing the overall corporate income tax rate; and integrating the corporate and individual income tax systems according to the Comprehensive Business Income Tax prototype put forth by the U.S. Treasury Department.