The debate over corporate taxes has raged for years, but even though the battle has been going on for decades, it has definitely experienced some changes. The business world, and the world in general, has changed since the days when Ronald Reagan was in office. That means politicians have also changed their battle cry.
It used to be that democrats argued that higher corporate taxes wouldn’t hurt economic growth. However, these days, conservatives no longer have to argue that point. Instead they simply have to say that these high domestic corporate taxes have influenced many corporations to invest outside of the country instead of within.
The fact is the tax effect on where you invest is now much larger than the tax effect on your actual investment. Unfortunately, although the developed world in large part understands this and has acted accordingly by lowering their corporate taxes, the Unite States still seems to be clinging to the past.
The evidence is clear though that the gap between the rich and the poor in the United States continues to grow. However, those that think that taxing the rich even more will solve the country’s economic disparity, should probably think again.
If the U.S. continues to tax corporations at a high rate there is a good chance that both foreign and American multinational companies will keep moving more investments, as well as jobs, to other countries. That is not a wining formula.