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In One Story, Everything You Need to Know about France

What best symbolizes France’s statist political culture? Is it bloated public sector that consumes more than half of the economy’s output? Is it a tax system that is so onerous that households sometimes pay more than 100 percent of their income to government? Is it cossetted bureaucrats with cars and drivers who nonetheless still rack […]

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A Lower Corporate Tax Means More Growth and Higher Wages

Yesterday was “Australia Day,” which I gather for Aussies is sort of like the 4th of July for Americans. To belatedly celebrate for our friends Down Under, I suppose we could sing Waltzing Matilda. But since I’m a policy wonk with a special fondness for the nation, let’s instead acknowledge Australia Day by citing some […]

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The Growing Need for Trump’s Proposed 15 percent Corporate Tax Rate

There are several features of President-Elect Trump’s tax plan that are worthy of praise, including death tax repeal, expensing, and lower marginal tax rates on households. But the policy that probably deserves the most attention is Trump’s embrace of a 15 percent tax rate for business. What makes this policy so attractive – and vitally […]

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Anatomy of a Brutal Tax Beating

Based on the title of this column, you may think I’m going to write about oppressive IRS behavior or punitive tax policy. Those are good guesses, but today’s “brutal tax beating” is about what happens when a clueless leftist writes a sophomoric column about tax policy and then gets corrected by an expert from the […]

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European Commission Launches Shakedown of Apple, Asserts Low Taxes Are “State Aid”

Working the world of public policy, I’m used to surreal moments. Such as the assertion that there are trillions of dollars of spending cuts in plans that actually increase spending. How do you have a debate with people who don’t understand math? Or the oft-repeated myth that the Reagan tax cuts for the rich starved […]

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The European Commission’s War against Pro-Growth Corporate Tax Policy

I have a love-hate relationship with corporations. On the plus side, I admire corporations that efficiently and effectively compete by producing valuable goods and services for consumers, and I aggressively defend those firms from politicians who want to impose harmful and destructive forms of taxes, regulation, and intervention. On the minus side, I am disgusted […]

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Hillary Clinton’s “Exit Tax” Is an Unseemly Example of Banana Republic Economics

If you get into the weeds of tax policy and had a contest for parts of the internal revenue code that are “boring but important,” depreciation would be at the top of the list. After all, how many people want to learn about America’s Byzantine system that imposes a discriminatory tax penalty on new investment? […]

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Tax Complexity Is a Tax on Paying Taxes

What’s the best measure of the tax burden on the U.S. economy? Is it the amount of money that we’re forced to surrender to the knaves in Washington (i.e., the difference between our pre-tax income and post-tax consumption)? Or is it the loss of economic output caused by high tax rates, distorting preferences, and pervasive […]

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The “Race to the Bottom” and Global Minimum Corporate Taxes

Imagine if you had the chance to play basketball against a superstar from the NBA like Stephen Curry. No matter how hard you practiced beforehand, you surely would lose. For most people, that would be fine. We would console ourselves with the knowledge that we tried our best and relish he fact that we even […]

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Libertarian Humor for a Dismal Topic

I’m a bleeding heart libertarian in that I get most upset about statist policies that make life harder for disadvantaged people so that folks with more money can get undeserved goodies. For instance, I despise anti-school choice leftists because they value political support from teacher unions more than they value opportunity for poor kids. And […]

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A Primer on the Corporate Income Tax: Everything You Need to Know about Creating a Simple System that Taxes Income only One Time

My opinion on taxing corporate income varies with my mood. When I’m in a fiery-libertarian phase, I want to abolish taxes on corporate income for the simple reason that all income taxes should be eliminated. Heck, I would also eliminate October 3 from the calendar because that’s the awful day in 1913 that the income […]

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Correcting White House Anti-Inversion Propaganda

I wrote recently about the Pfizer-Allergan merger and made the case that it was a very sensible way to protect the interests of workers, consumers, and shareholders. That’s the good news. Why? Because companies should be allowed to engage in a do-it-yourself form of territorial taxation to minimize the damage caused by bad tax policy […]

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Pfizer’s Inversion Is Good News for American Workers, American Consumers, and American Shareholders

I’m never surprised when politicians make absurd statements, but I’m still capable of being shocked when other people make outlandish assertions. Like the leftist policy wonk who claimed that capitalism is actually coercion, even though free markets are based on voluntary exchange. Or the statist columnist who argued people aren’t free unless they’re entitled to […]

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Why Do Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Want to Undermine Jobs and Investment in America?

What’s the difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton? I suspect that most people would cite differences in personal ethics, but I’m a policy wonk so I actually think the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are two peas in a pod. The only real difference is that Sanders is more open about his […]

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The Best and Worst Developments of 2015

What were the most noteworthy events from 2015? Regarding bad news, there’s unfortunately a lot of competition. But if I’m forced to pick the very worst developments, here’s my list. Resuscitation of the Export-Import Bank – I did a premature victory dance last year when I celebrated the expiration of the Export-Import Bank’s authority.  I […]

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The OECD’s Jihad against American Taxpayers and its Campaign to Undermine U.S. Fiscal Sovereignty

It’s time to criticize my least-favorite international bureaucracy. Regular readers probably know that I’m not talking about the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, or World Bank. Those institutions all deserve mockery, but I think the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is – on a per-dollar basis – the bureaucracy that is most destructive […]

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More Dishonest Data Manipulation from Tax-Happy Bureaucrats at the OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a Paris-based international bureaucracy. It used to engage in relatively benign activities such as data collection, but now focuses on promoting policies to expand the size and scope of government. That’s troubling, particularly since the biggest share of the OECD’s budget comes from American taxpayers. So we’re […]

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If You Think Corporate Inversions Are Bad, Blame Politicians rather than Pfizer

Here we go again. The politicians in Washington are whining and complaining that “evil” and “greedy” corporations are bring traitors by engaging in corporate inversions so they can leave America. The issue is very simple. The United States has a very unfriendly and anti-competitive tax system. So it’s very much in the interest of multinational […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Empirical Approach to Corporate Taxation

Whatever happened to Elizabeth Warren? A couple of years ago, she was the pin-up girl for the crazy left thanks to fatuous statements about “you didn’t build that.” But now she’s faded into the background and other politicians are getting more attention for their absurd statements (yes, I’m thinking of Hillary and Bernie). So what […]

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Why Is the Obama Administration Allowing an International Bureaucracy to Push Tax Policies that Will Make America Companies Less Competitive?

Most normal Americans have never heard of the “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” project being pushed by the tax-loving bureaucrats at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But in the world of tax policy, BEPS is suddenly attracting a lot of attention, mostly because the business community has figured out it’s a scheme […]

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