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U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Much Lower Than Most Other Developed Nations

Sunday, April 01, 2012 By Pat Garofalo, ThinkProgress | Report
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Republicans have been kvetching about the fact that, as of Sunday, the U.S. will have the highest statutory corporate tax rate in the world following a scheduled cut in Japan's corporate tax. "The United States is a world leader in countless ways. 'World's Highest Taxes' is a title we should give up as soon as possible," wrote Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) in a Fox News op-ed.

"This isn't an April Fool's Day joke; as of April 1, the United States of America will have reached the inauspicious position of having the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in a statement "I want America to be number one in many things, but having the highest corporate tax rate is definitely not one of them."

This is constant refrain from Republicans, who then blame the supposedly high U.S. corporate tax rate for discouraging job creation. But as we've noted time and time again, while the U.S. has a high statutory corporate tax rate (meaning the rate on paper), U.S. corporations actually pay incredibly low taxes due to the ever-proliferating loopholes, credits, and deductions in the tax code and the use of overseas tax havens.

U.S. corporate taxes that were actually paid (the effective rate) fell to a 40 year low of 12.1 percent in fiscal year 2011, despite corporate profits rebounding to their pre-Great Recession heights. The U.S. both taxes its corporations less and raises less in revenue from corporate taxes than its foreign competitors. See chart here. 

Politico's Ben White also pointed out that Japan has a value added tax, so it isn't actually true that the U.S. will have the highest corporate tax rate on Sunday. As billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said, "it is a myth" that U.S. corporate taxes are high. "Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness," Buffett added.

Of course, it is theoretically possible to lower the U.S. corporate income tax rate while simultaneously raising revenue to help reduce the federal deficit by closing loopholes and cracking down on tax havens. But Republicans have absolutely no interest in that.

Originally published on ThinkProgress.

Pat Garofalo

Pat Garofalo is Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report at American Progress.

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U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Much Lower Than Most Other Developed Nations

Sunday, April 01, 2012 By Pat Garofalo, ThinkProgress | Report
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Republicans have been kvetching about the fact that, as of Sunday, the U.S. will have the highest statutory corporate tax rate in the world following a scheduled cut in Japan's corporate tax. "The United States is a world leader in countless ways. 'World's Highest Taxes' is a title we should give up as soon as possible," wrote Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) in a Fox News op-ed.

"This isn't an April Fool's Day joke; as of April 1, the United States of America will have reached the inauspicious position of having the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in a statement "I want America to be number one in many things, but having the highest corporate tax rate is definitely not one of them."

This is constant refrain from Republicans, who then blame the supposedly high U.S. corporate tax rate for discouraging job creation. But as we've noted time and time again, while the U.S. has a high statutory corporate tax rate (meaning the rate on paper), U.S. corporations actually pay incredibly low taxes due to the ever-proliferating loopholes, credits, and deductions in the tax code and the use of overseas tax havens.

U.S. corporate taxes that were actually paid (the effective rate) fell to a 40 year low of 12.1 percent in fiscal year 2011, despite corporate profits rebounding to their pre-Great Recession heights. The U.S. both taxes its corporations less and raises less in revenue from corporate taxes than its foreign competitors. See chart here. 

Politico's Ben White also pointed out that Japan has a value added tax, so it isn't actually true that the U.S. will have the highest corporate tax rate on Sunday. As billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said, "it is a myth" that U.S. corporate taxes are high. "Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness," Buffett added.

Of course, it is theoretically possible to lower the U.S. corporate income tax rate while simultaneously raising revenue to help reduce the federal deficit by closing loopholes and cracking down on tax havens. But Republicans have absolutely no interest in that.

Originally published on ThinkProgress.

Pat Garofalo

Pat Garofalo is Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report at American Progress.

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