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Testimony: EU Parliament Subcommittee on Tax Matters Hearing on the Impact of National Tax Reforms on the EU Economy

Note: The following is the testimony of Daniel Bunn, Tax Foundation Vice President of Global Projects, prepared for a EU Parliament Subcommittee on Tax Matters hearing on October 11, 2021, regarding the impact of national tax reforms on the EU economy. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Daniel Bunn, and I am Vice President […]

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How Would the Ways and Means Proposal Affect Profit Shifting?

Recent proposals to increase the effective tax rates (ETRs) faced by multinationals rely on the argument that these firms achieve artificially low tax rates by shifting profits to foreign tax havens and other low-tax countries. By raising the tax rates on the foreign income of U.S. multinationals, these proposals would supposedly reduce profit shifting. However, […]

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Tax Foundation Response to Ireland Department of Finance Consultation Document: Consultation on OECD International Tax Proposals

Introduction Tax Foundation welcomes the opportunity to respond to the public consultation on the OECD International Tax Proposals. Tax Foundation is a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C., and our mission is to improve lives through tax policies that lead to greater economic growth and opportunity. We use the four principles of simplicity, neutrality, […]

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Tax Foundation Comments on the Wyden, Warner, Brown Discussion Draft

Introduction Tax Foundation welcomes the opportunity to offer comments on the Wyden, Warner, Brown discussion draft on international taxation. Tax Foundation is a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C., and our mission is to improve lives through tax policies that lead to greater economic growth and opportunity. We use the four principles of simplicity, […]

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Expense Allocation: A Hidden Tax on Domestic Activities and Foreign Profits

The U.S. corporate tax code is a complicated behemoth, loaded with numerous arcane provisions—some of these providing special tax breaks, others imposing special tax penalties. Among the latter group, indirect expense allocation rules penalize domestic activities and impose a hidden surtax on foreign profits. While arcane, expense allocation rules are relevant to current debates because […]

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Adoption of Global Minimum Tax Could Raise U.S. Revenue…or Not

The Biden administration has proposed significant changes to the tax rules that govern how much U.S. companies owe on their foreign profits while working to negotiate a global minimum tax. However, the global minimum tax and the Biden administration’s proposals are quite different. A recent Tax Foundation report dug into the details on the revenue […]

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Insights from the UN World Investment Report for Global Tax Reform

The United Nations (UN) recently released its annual “World Investment Report,” which shows the dramatic fall in global foreign direct investment (FDI) caused by the COVID-19 crisis. A partial recovery is expected for 2021, with the most optimistic scenario showing a return to 2019 FDI levels by 2022. However, uncertainty remains high, with the ongoing […]

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What We Know: Reviewing the Academic Literature on Profit Shifting

Note: This is a preview of the full article originally published by Tax Notes. To read the full article, click the download links above. Brief Summary In recent years, significant unilateral and global efforts have been made to address the issue of profit shifting. However, reviewing the academic literature on profit shifting, one finds that mainly […]

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New Research Shows Major Changes for U.S. Companies Earning Profits from Ireland

One of the challenges policymakers face is designing solutions that are targeted at actual problems. If data concerning a problem is either low-quality or out-of-date, then developing solutions becomes rather difficult. This challenge is particularly relevant to international tax policy. A problem that was identified in many studies at the beginning of the 21st century […]

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Treasury’s Latest Pillar 1 Proposal: A Strategy to Split the Riches or Give Away the Store?

For the past two years, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been debating how to change the tax treatment of large multinationals so that countries can tax corporate profits not just where their headquarters, employees, and assets are but also where a company’s customers are located. The implications of such a change […]