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In remarks made Monday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called for a global minimum tax. She wants the tax to help raise revenues for the US. At the same time, it can prevent companies from shifting profits abroad to evade taxes.

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Preventing Countries To Race to the Bottom

Speaking at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Yellen called for more coordination on international tax rates. This applies to multinational companies regardless of where they locate their headquarters. Yellen said that a global tax can help prevent countries from racing to the bottom. This is what happens when countries try to offer lower taxes to entice businesses to move there. 

Yellen delivered her remarks as Democrats scramble to find ways to increase revenues. They are looking for ways to pay for President Joe Biden’s ambitious infrastructure plan. The $2 trillion program wants to rebuild roads, bridges, water pipes, and electric grids. “Competitiveness is about more than how US-headquartered companies fare against other companies in global merger and acquisition bids. It is about making sure that governments have stable tax systems that raise sufficient revenue to invest in essential public goods and respond to crises, and that all citizens fairly share the burden of financing the government,” Yellen remarked.

Wyder to Propose An Overhaul of MNC Taxes

Meanwhile, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), is the designated author for new tax legislation. He plans to submit a new tax plan on Monday that overhauls taxes for multinational companies. The Dems seek to raise funds to support Biden’s many spending programs. For this tax plan, the proposal’s co-authors are Democrat Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Mark Warner (VA).

Apart from raising revenue, the new bill aims to discourage companies from moving profits and jobs to lower-tax countries to avoid paying US taxes. In addition, the bill will create new incentives for companies that will invest in research and manufacturing within the US.

“America First Must Never Mean America Alone”

Yellen’s Chicago speech contains some of the secretary’s most extensive comments since taking over the Treasury department. She also highlighted the challenges ahead for the country. “Over the last four years, we have seen firsthand what happens when America steps back from the global stage. America first must never mean America alone,” Yellen said.

In traditional Democrat fashion, Yellen highlighted the need for combating climate change and reducing global poverty. Also, she underscored the importance of the United States helping to lead the world out of the coronavirus pandemic crisis. She called on countries to not withdraw fiscal support too soon. In addition, she warned of growing global imbalances if some countries do withdraw support before the crisis ended.

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America’s Yoyoing Tax Rates

Yellen also questioned the slow pace of coronavirus vaccine deployment around the world. She said many developing and middle-income countries did not invest in vaccine rollouts. Consequently, this could hurt the global economy by delaying recovery.

The Treasury secretary estimated that as many as 150 million people can fall down to poverty levels this year. “The result will likely be a deeper and longer-lasting crisis, with mounting problems of indebtedness, more entrenched poverty, and growing inequality. This would be a profound economic tragedy for those countries, one we should care about,” she noted.

Corporate tax rates have been falling around the world in recent years, including in the US. However, Biden plans to re-raise the tax rates (which Trump reduced from 35% to 21%) back to 28%. Then, the administration wants companies to pay 21% taxes on their foreign profits

Need for a Global Minimum Tax Rate

.In addition, Yellen went back to emphasize the need for the US to work with allies. Overhauling the international tax system is a start. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is currently working with the US to develop a new international tax architecture that includes a global minimum tax rate for multinational corporations. This is part of their efforts to cut down on profit shifting and tax base erosion. Yellen said she is working with her G20 counterparts on changes to the global tax system.

“President Biden’s proposals announced last week called for bold domestic action, including to raise the US minimum tax rate, and renewed international engagement, recognizing that it is important to work with other countries to end the pressures of tax competition and corporate tax base erosion. We are working with G20 nations to agree to a global minimum corporate tax rate that can stop the race to the bottom,” Yellen said.

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Will A Global Minimum Tax Rate Work? 

Do you agree with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for a global minimum tax for multinational companies? In addition, do you think it will help encourage companies to pay taxes in their home countries? Let us know what you think of the global minimum tax rate. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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15 Comments

  • Stan says:

    not going to work

  • Les Whyte says:

    They continue to waste our money don’t give them another dime.These morons are drunk on power.When this clown show is over they will have doubled the national debt.

  • Patrick Donahue says:

    Get rid of Biden and Harris.

  • Gary P says:

    The only thing such a tax would do is ensure failure for more companies and individuals around the world. In a world where liberal extremism iis a far greater threat to our emotional, psychological, spiritual and therefore our physical well being, than anyone on the far right, nothing the idiots in government do ever surprises me anymore. Then again, the fools that elect them probably deserve all the pain that’s coming their way, so there is that. Seriously, identity politics, lies that normalize and promote false equality and the divisiveness of politics today suck for everyone, whether they are too stupid to know it or not!

  • Patrick says:

    The exit started with Nixon when they gave companies incentives to leave and set up shop in China.. Give them a reason to come back, for a work force that’s willing to work. They are breaking the law they are doing business within our broken tax systems.

  • Chris Cannon says:

    They will just move their corporate headquarters as well out of the US. Losing even more jobs. This administration is clueless on the economy and foreign affairs! Getting China to pay what it promised us under the Trump administration would be a start. Hell, Biden doesn’t even pay his payroll taxes.

  • CM says:

    Nope, will never happen. But it’s cute how Democrats always scheming up new rules because when their policies fail, only to fail again with the new rules. It’s quite astonishing how terrible they are at governing and how often they are given power to govern. Borders, sound money, and way less government intervention is all we need.

  • Howard says:

    The leading answer at this point is stupid they
    Are never going to change the tax laws you want Trump
    Had the Correct answer he was actually bringing businesses home

  • E says:

    Just another bit of power grabbing by the democrats. Yeah, act like they’re giving g us more but taking even More back. Biden is a puppet. He is not thinking of all these things by himself. There is the real powerbehind the throne.

  • ROB says:

    Lets look again at The Fair Tax

  • Anonymous says:

    Impeach: Biden, Harris, Pelowsi n scrhman.
    Bring back Trump for saving our future from the communists.

  • Jc Son says:

    I agree – wishful dreams – if only it could happen.

  • Jc Son says:

    I agree – where can we start – these people are unAmerican

  • Donald says:

    Last time I checked companies don’t pay taxes. The customer the consumer pays the taxes as part of the costs of goods and services:.
    Raise the costs of doing business (labor or payroll, utilities, rent, , added fees and regulations and the increased cost of doing business iis passed along to the consumer

  • Lebron Shields says:

    This Entire idea of global taxation Is nothing but
    Conversation. No economy in the world works like
    Ours . No democracy, no regulation of taxes.
    Keep our taxes in line with our production &
    Work force & we keep our country strong. Strength
    Of our people will keep all in line as long as the
    Govt allows freedom of decisions by the working
    Class.

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