Michael Schaus

Not content with imposing the highest corporate tax structure in the “free” world, Democrat hacks in the legislature are now asking the Imperial President to unilaterally take action. A group of tax happy corporate protectionists are hoping the President uses his "pen and his phone" to start punishing American businesses that have the audacity to lower their corporate tax burden.

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), and Jack Reed (D-RI), have crafted a letter (yeah… It took three of them) to President Obama requesting that action be taken toward businesses that have sheltered themselves from some US taxes. According to the Hill.com:

Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) told Obama in a letter Tuesday that he should do all he can to discourage “inversions,” in which companies that do work in the United States shift their headquarters elsewhere to avoid U.S. tax rates.

Well… That’s almost what’s happening. Corporations that do business in America (regardless of where they are headquartered) still owe US corporate taxes on profits made in America. Things get tricky, however, when American businesses make profits over seas. When these American companies try to repatriate that money (that has already been taxed by a foreign government) back home, they are charged nearly 35 percent by the American government… This has shockingly (sarcasm font) encouraged businesses to move their headquarters so they don’t have to repatriate profits to a tax hungry Internal Revenue Service.

As it turns out, businesses are actually designed to make profits. I understand this could be a difficult concept for government-centric liberals to wrap their brain around, but it’s a fact of life. The three stooges legislators continued:

“Corporations that renounce their U.S. corporate citizenship should not be able to reap all the benefits that American tax dollars provide,” they wrote. “We urge you to use your authority to stand up for American companies which are proud to be part of our nation and reduce U.S. incentives for others corporations which would abandon their responsibilities to their country for a nod of approval from Wall Street.”

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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