Would Another Repatriation Tax Holiday Create Jobs?
"U.S. companies that own foreign subsidiaries pay taxes abroad—and they often pay taxes again when the companies bring the earnings home—known as repatriation. This double taxation naturally hurts competitiveness at home and abroad, and encourages U.S. companies to leave these earnings abroad. A proposal to reduce the U.S. tax on profits previously earned—a repatriation tax holiday—is gaining momentum in Congress. This sequel to a similar 2004 holiday would, like its predecessor, have a minuscule effect on domestic investment and thus have a minuscule effect on the U.S. economy and job creation. Heritage Foundation tax policy experts J.D. Foster and Curtis Dubay explain why this tax cut would not be a step toward the sound policy of territoriality, and suggest a more useful step toward territoriality and fundamental reform that would strengthen U.S. competitiveness at home and abroad."
10/4/2011 9:09 PM
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