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October 29, 2020 | Corporate Tax Receipts Must Rise From Here

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel (www.venablepark.com) Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog: www.jugglingdynamite.com

Large corps have long-lobbied for preferential tax treatment and government subsidies because they are ‘job creators.’  In reality, automation and off-shoring have been reducing their employment rolls steadily.  As globalization has allowed multi-nationals to position head offices in the lowest tax zones, countries, states, and provinces have raced each other to the death for the most corporate-friendly offerings.

In one 2018 EU study, it was found that global tech companies were paying average tax rates of less than 10%, compared with 23% for more traditional firms.  Meanwhile, two-thirds of North American jobs are at small and medium-size businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

In North America, the general corporate tax rate was halved over the last 40 years from 50% in 1982 to 26% in 2020, with similar trends evident in all OECD countries except Chile.  Government deficits and debts have ballooned in the process, and none of this is sustainable.

All corporations benefit from taxpayer-funded infrastructure and social benefits that support the workforce and customers where they do business.  They can afford to contribute fairly, and they must.

New proposals have global corporations taxed according to where their customers and employees live and not where they have proclaimed their head office.  This is more equitable.  See Global companies are caught between new taxes and a trade war.

The podcast below also discusses the advent of a new digital tax for the 21st century.

The world is trying to figure out a tax system fit for the 21st century. But the debate over a digital tax has caused political clashes between Europe and the United States.

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October 29th, 2020

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