WHY CORPORATE TAX DESERTERS SHOULDNâT GET THE BENEFITS OF BEING…
WHY CORPORATE TAX DESERTERS SHOULDNâT GET THE BENEFITS OF BEING AMERICAN CORPORATIONS
Apple is only the latest big global American corporation to
use foreign tax shelters to avoiding paying its fair share of U.S. taxes. Itâs
just another form of corporate desertion.
CorporationsÂ areÂ desertingÂ America
by hiding their profits abroad or even shifting their corporate headquarters to another nation because they want lower taxes abroad. And some politicians say the only way to
stop theseÂ desertionsÂ is to reduceÂ corporateÂ tax rates in
the U.S. so they wonât leave.
Wrong. If we start
trying to match lowerÂ corporateÂ tax rates around the world, thereâs no end to it.
Instead, the President should use his executive
power to end the financial incentives that encourage this type
ofÂ corporateÂ desertion. President Obama has already begun, but there
is much left that could be done.
In addition, corporationÂ that desert America by sheltering a large portion of their profits abroad or moving their headquarters to another country should no longer be entitled to
the advantages of being American.
1.Â They shouldnât be allowed to influence the
U.S. government. They shouldnât be allowed to contribute to U.S. political
campaigns, or lobby Congress, or participate in U.S. government agency
rule-making proceedings. And they no longer have the right to sue foreign
companies in U.S. courts for acts committed outside the United States.
2. They shouldnât be entitled to generous
government contracts.Â âBuy Americanâ provisions of the law should be
applied to them.
3. Their assets around the world shouldnât any
longer be protected by the U.S. government. If their factories and
equipment are expropriated somewhere around the world, they shouldnât expect
the United States to negotiate or threaten sanctions, or use our armed forces
to protect their investments. And if their intellectual property â patents,
trademarks, trade names, copyrights â are disregarded, thatâs their problem
too. Donât expect any help from us.
In fact, their
interests should be of no concern to the U.S. government â in trade
negotiations, climate negotiations, international treaties reconciling
American law with the laws of other countries, or international disputes over
access to resources.
They donât get to be represented by the U.S. government
because theyâre no longer American.
Itâs simple logic.
IfÂ corporationsÂ want to desert America in order to pay less in taxes,
thatâs their business. But they should no longer have the benefits that come
with being American.