Believe it or not, the United States is about to have the highest corporate taxes of any other industrialized country. Right now, only Japan has a higher corporate tax rate than the United States. However, that is all about to change very soon.
In less than a week, Japan will be reducing its corporate tax rate to 36.8 percent, while the United States will continue to have corporate taxes of 39.2 percent. This is calculated by combining the current business tax rate of 35 percent with average state taxes of 4.2 percent. It is a curious state of affairs, especially considering that the United States attempts to be an attractive market for corporations.
In addition to Japan, many other countries including China, Russia, Germany, and Canada have lowered their corporate taxes, in response to the current global economic climate. Americans could truly benefit from a reduction of the corporate tax rate. Many companies are unable to provide high pay rates, raises, or bonuses for their employees because of the exorbitant corporate taxes that they have to pay.
The United States prides itself on being first in many things. It is unfortunate that we now must add ‘First in corporate tax rates’ to our list of attributes. Hopefully, President Obama and the other Democrats in office will see reason and reduce our corporate taxes, so American workers can once again go to work with the hopes of receiving fair pay rates, raises, and bonuses.
- CEOs Press Congress And Obama For Lower Taxes And Smarter Regulation (2012taxes.org)
- Smart Regulation And Lower Taxes For Businesses (2011tax.org)