Found 28 article(s) for author 'Tax Policy'

Foreword: International Tax Policy in a Disruptive Environment

Foreword: International Tax Policy in a Disruptive Environment. Stephen Shay, May 2018, Paper, “In this foreword to International Tax Policy in a Disruptive Environment: A Special Issue, the authors provide an overview of the two-day interdisciplinary conference that took place in Munich on 14-15 December 2017, and offer a synopsis of the articles in this special edition of the Bulletin for International Taxation. The authors offer preliminary observations based on the conference and papers, including that despite its successes the BEPS Project has left unfinished business. In the face of reduced residence-based taxation of direct investment and tax competition for mobile activity and real investment, countries have yet to reach consensus on a residence-source or destination-based division of taxation rights.Link

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Breaking Down the New U.S. Corporate Tax Law

Breaking Down the New U.S. Corporate Tax Law. Mihir Desai, December 26, 2017, Audio, “Mihir Desai, a professor of finance at Harvard Business School, breaks down the brand-new U.S. tax law. He says it will affect everything from how corporate assets are financed to how business are structured. He predicts many individuals will lower their tax burdens by setting themselves up as corporations. And he discusses how the law shifts U.S. tax policy toward a territorial system of corporate taxes, one that will affect multinationals and national competitiveness. Finally, Desai explains what he would have done differently with the $1.5 trillion the tax cut is projected to cost.Link

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The Economy is on a Sugar High, and Tax Cuts Won’t Help

The Economy is on a Sugar High, and Tax Cuts Won’t Help. Lawrence Summers, December 10, 2017, Opinion, “Lawrence H. Summers is a professor at and past president of Harvard University. He was treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001 and an economic adviser to President Barack Obama from 2009 through 2010.  The approaching end of President Trump’s first year in office, another strong employment report and a still-strong stock market make it appropriate to revisit my year-old judgment that the economy is enjoying a “sugar high.” Unfortunately, the best available evidence suggests that signs of current market and economic strength are largely unrelated to government policy, that the drivers of this year’s economic strength are likely transient and that the structural foundation of the U.S. economy is weakening. Sugar high remains the right diagnosis, and tax cuts are very much the wrong prescription.Link

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Surveillance: Feldstein Sees Capital Inflows if Tax Bill Passes

Surveillance: Feldstein Sees Capital Inflows if Tax Bill Passes. Martin Feldstein, December 6, 2017, Audio, “Martin Feldstein, Harvard University George F. Baker Professor of Economics, says now is the time for tax reform because the politics are right. Henry Olsen, EPPC Senior Fellow, says President Trump needs to recover his populist mojo. Matt Hornbach, Morgan Stanley Global Head of Interest Rates Strategy, says it’s time for the next bond market phase. Michael Chui, McKinsey & Co. Senior Fellow, says there is enough work for people to do, even with the increased use of robots.Link

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Largest Mass. Companies Are Mostly Silent On GOP Tax Plans

Largest Mass. Companies Are Mostly Silent On GOP Tax Plans. Mihir Desai, December 6, 2017, Audio, “Corporations are the cornerstone of both the House and Senate versions of the tax overhaul. Both bills propose deep cuts in the corporate tax rate — from 35 percent to 20 percent. The bills also call for a territorial tax system to replace the current worldwide tax system, in which multinational corporations with headquarters in the United States are required to pay the U.S. tax rate if they want to bring profits back into the country.Link

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Yes, the Senate GOP tax plan would cause ‘thousands’ to die

Yes, the Senate GOP tax plan would cause ‘thousands’ to die. Lawrence Summers, December 3, 2017, Opinion, “I suggested on Friday when it became clear that the tax bill would pass that “thousands would die.” In light of my sharp criticism of other economists’ claims regarding the legislation, some have asked whether my statement is well grounded. I think it is, but this should be open to debate.Link

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Cutting US Corporate Tax Is Worth the Cost

Cutting US Corporate Tax Is Worth the Cost. Martin Feldstein, November 27, 2017, Opinion, “One of the main criticisms leveled at congressional Republicans’ proposal to cut corporate taxes is that a higher budget deficit would amount to an undesirable fiscal stimulus. But with monetary policy turning contractionary, and most experts predicting a US recession in the next five years, stimulus should be welcomed.Link

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Reagan’s Tax Reforms Revisited

Reagan’s Tax Reforms Revisited. Jeffrey Frankel, November 24, 2017, Opinion, “The US has plenty of experience with irresponsible tax cuts. Yet its leaders seem not to have learned their lesson. Should Republicans secure the legislative victory they so desire, the entire country – with the exception, perhaps, of the wealthiest few – will lose.Link

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The Business Roundtable’s outlandish tax cut claims

The Business Roundtable’s outlandish tax cut claims. Lawrence Summers, October 23, 2017, Opinion, “I think of myself as pro-business. I frequently counseled the Obama administration that “business confidence is the cheapest form of stimulus,” and during my times in government have found meetings with business leaders very helpful in understanding economic policy challenges. So when the Business Roundtable (BRT) does an analysis, I pay close attention.Link

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