AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND WORKERS GET TAX RELIEF: President Donald J. Trump is supporting crucial tax relief in the unified framework so American businesses will come back to the United States.
- The framework will reduce the corporate tax rate to 20 percent.
- The framework will cap the top marginal tax rate paid by sole proprietors, S corporations, and partnerships to 25 percent.
- For the next five years, American businesses will be able to immediately write off the cost of their heavy equipment and other capital investments.
- This will help American businesses afford the heavy industrial machinery and other capital investments they need to grow.
BRINGING PROFITS HOME: The unified tax relief framework supported by President Trump will end the “offshoring model” that encourages companies to keep their profits out of the country.
- This plan will stop the “offshoring model,” which penalizes companies for incorporating in the United States.
- Profits that have accumulated offshore will be subject to a one-time low tax, thereby ending the tax incentive to keep those profits offshore.
- To avoid paying high U.S. corporate taxes on foreign profits, American companies often reinvest their money abroad instead of repatriating it to American shores.
- Companies hold an estimated $2.8 trillion in earnings offshore, according to Audit Analytics.
- The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy has said the American tax system for multinational corporations has “serious problems.”
CURRENT SYSTEM HURTS AMERICAN WORKERS AND BUSINESSES: The United States has the highest corporate tax rate among developed economies, a burden carried by American workers.
- A crushing tax burden on American companies is really a crushing burden on American workers.
- According to one study by the CBO, over 70 percent of the corporate tax burden falls on American workers.
- The United States has the highest corporate income tax rate among the 35 industrialized Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, according to the OECD.
- The U.S. corporate tax rate has been higher than the OECD average for almost 20 years.
- The average total corporate tax rate among OECD nations is 24 percent, while the United States is nearly 40 percent.
- The U.S. average corporate tax rate is almost 10 points higher than China’s, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
- “The United States has the highest corporate tax rate…and despite offering significant additional deductions, exclusions, and tax credits, imposes the heaviest tax burdens,” according to new research published in a Brookings paper on economic activity.