"Old Rules and New Realities: Corporate Tax Policy in a Global Setting"

Michigan Law Authors
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Publish Date
2004
Publication
National Tax Journal
Publication Type
Journal Article
Abstract

This paper reassesses the burden of the current US. international tax regime and reconsiders well-known welfare bench- marks used to guide international tax reform. Reinventing corporate tax policy requires that international considerations be placed front and center in the debate on how to tax corporate income. A simple framework for assessing current rules suggests a U.S. tax burden on foreign income in the neighborhood of $50 billion a year. This sizeable US. taxation of foreign investment income is inconsistent with promoting efficient ownership of capital assets, either from a national or a global perspective. Consequently, there are large potential welfare gains available from reducing the U.S. taxation of foreign income, a direction of reform that requires abandoning the comfortable, if misleading, logic of using similar systems to tax foreign and domestic income.

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