White House to Propose 26 Percent Corporate Tax Rate??
I've been saying this for years. Let's hope the White House don't do what Cato suspects they might do when they lower the rate.
According to an article in the New York Times, the Obama Administration is seriously examining a proposal to reduce America's anti-competitive 35 percent corporate tax rate.
The Obama administration is preparing to inject an unpredictable new variable into its economic policy clash with Republicans: a plan to overhaul corporate taxes. Economic advisers have nearly completed the process initiated in January by the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, at President Obama's behest. That process, intended to make the United States more competitive internationally, has explored the willingness of business leaders to sacrifice loopholes in return for lowering the top corporate tax rate, currently 35 percent. The approach officials are now discussing would drop the top rate as low as 26 percent, largely by curbing or eliminating tax breaks for depreciation and for domestic manufacturing.
I'll hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
P.S. It's also important to understand that a "deduction" in the business tax code does not imply loophole. If you remember the correct definition of business income (total revenue minus total costs), this means a business gets to "deduct" its expenses (such as wages paid to workers) from total revenue to determine taxable income. Some deductions are loopholes, of course, which is why a simple, fair, and honest system should be based on cash flow. Which is how business are treated under the flat tax.