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US Business sees tax rate cut as solution to Inversions

Zone(s): USA ¦ Sector(s): Tax
[5 June 2014,]  By Mike Godfrey,, Washington: The businesses and associations that make up the RATE (Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably) Coalition have written to Ron Wyden (D – Oregon), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Orrin Hatch (R – Utah), its Ranking Member, to insist that the solution to United States corporate tax inversions lies in reforming its “uncompetitive tax code.”

Corporate inversions have been used by US companies when bidding for (generally smaller) foreign companies as a means of moving away from the high American 35 percent corporate tax rate. Under current law, a company that merges with an offshore counterpart can move its headquarters abroad (even though management and operations remain in the US), and thereby take advantage of lower taxes as long as at least 20 percent of its shares are held by the foreign company’s shareholders after the merger.

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