Listen people. The problem is not corporations leaving the country to avoid paying “their fair share”. The problem is the damn tax code. Corporations DO NOT PAY TAXES period!!!. PEOPLE pay taxes. Now pay attention as I lay it out for you.If you increase a corporation’s tax bill by say $100K; where is the corporation going to get that money? The first place to look is at reducing overhead. That is not likely to get the job done because most corporations (those that are run by business people who know what they are doing) have already cut back on things like utility bills etc. as much as possible. This leaves the “profit” that the corporation made as the pool needed to pay the $100K increased tax burden. If the corporation pays that $100K, then it has $100K less to pay the CEO; the Board of Directors; the shareholders and the employees. If you were the CEO, would you want that $100K to come out of your pocket?If you were a memeber of the BoD, would you want that $100K to come out of your pocket?If you were a shareholder, would you want that $100K to come out of your pocket in the form of lower dividends?If you were an employee, would you want that $100K to come out of your pocket in the form of no year end bonus, smaller raises, higher work load because no new employees are hired or perhaps some of your co-workers got laid off?The only other source of money to pay the increased tax burden would be from a higher profit margin. Decreasing expenses has been touched on above and holds little promise to raise the needed money. This leaves increasing the cost of goods sold/services provided which means that the consumer (that’s us) pays more for the widget being sold.The corporation pays no taxes. The tax burden (big or small) on a corporation (big or small) is paid by people (the CEO, the BoD, the shareholders, the employees and/or the consumer). To solve a problem you must identify the problem. The problem is the tax code itself. With 1000s and 1000s of pages and legalese that is incomprehensible to the average person and even more “regulations” set forth buy the IRS, the current tax code is a monster that is destroying our country. It is easy to vilify Corporations and make them the bad guys. But that doesn’t solve the problem. We have no leadership in the White House nor Congress. Both the Republicans and the Democrats would rather find a fall guy (like big, bad corporations that are relocating overseas for tax reasons) than solve the problem.
Apr 12, 2017
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