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Renewing America Progress Report: Corporate Tax Policy

by Edward Alden
The CFR Renewing America Corporate Tax Scorecard The CFR Renewing America Corporate Tax Scorecard

The Renewing America initiative is publishing today the latest in our Progress Report and Scorecard series, “Standard Deductions: U.S. Corporate Tax Policy.” This is one of those rare issues on which there is actually something of a broad consensus in Washington–corporate taxes, most Republicans and Democrats agree, should be low enough to attract investment, high enough to raise a reasonable share of federal revenues, and reasonably immune to tax avoidance strategies by companies. Read more »

Obama’s State of the Union: A Missed Opportunity for Progress

by Edward Alden
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

President Obama has been nothing if not a model of consistency in his State of the Union speeches, focusing again and again on the critical need to lift up America’s struggling middle classes. There is no more important issue on the agenda today. But in any political leader, consistency and conviction need to be twinned with a sense of opportunity and timing. And last night’s State of the Union speech was a big missed opportunity in that regard. Read more »

Policy Initiative Spotlight: Questioning the Wisdom of Corporate Tax Incentives

by Steven J. Markovich
The shuttered General Motors Willow Run Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2012 (Jeff Kowalsky /Courtesy Reuters). The shuttered General Motors Willow Run Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2012 (Jeff Kowalsky /Courtesy Reuters).

Many states and cities offer a variety of tax incentives (credits, exemptions, deductions) to businesses with the aim of spurring growth and job creation, but few carefully analyze the costs and benefits. Some recent research has brought the wisdom of corporate tax breaks into question, and several states are considering reforms to assess the public value of their programs. Read more »

What Is Wrong With American Business?

by Edward Alden
A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

It was Vladimir Ilyich Lenin,  an astute student of the system he was determined to destroy, who is purported to have said: “The capitalists will sell us the rope by which we will hang them.” After reading the Washington Post story this week on corporate political donations to Republicans, it seems he may have been on to something. Read more »

The Renewing America Interview: Bill Bradley on Leadership and U.S. Tax Reform

by Jonathan Masters
(Courtesy Bill Bradley) (Courtesy Bill Bradley)

Months of relative calm on the U.S. fiscal front are set to end this month as Congress returns from summer recess, staring down the barrel of a possible government shutdown on October 1 (start of FY 2014), and another likely debt-limit fight shortly thereafter. Read more »

Getting to Yes on Transatlantic Trade

by Renewing America Staff

The United States and the European Union should create a new global regulatory blueprint through the just-launched Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development Thomas J. Bollyky and Columbia Law School’s Anu Bradford write in their new Foreign Affairs article, “Getting to Yes on Transatlantic Trade.” In an era of global supply chains, disparate and overlapping regulatory policies are the central hindrance to greater trade between the U.S. and the EU. If TTIP negotiators focus on sectors in which the two share similar trade and regulation goals, the agreement could serve as a necessary foundation for future transatlantic and global trade cooperation.

The Case for Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports

by Renewing America Staff

In an era of rising U.S. oil production, long-standing restrictions on crude oil exports no longer serve U.S. interests, CFR Fellow for Energy and National Security Blake Clayton argues in this Renewing America Policy Innovation Memorandum, The Case for Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports. Export restrictions reduce the value of U.S. crude oil, costing the country a potential $15 billion in lost revenue annually. Allowing the market to work freely would stimulate U.S. production, advance U.S. foreign policy goals and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to freer trade, without jeopardizing energy security.

Pork and Politics: Chinese Investment in the United States Keeps on Growing

by Edward Alden
A package of Smithfield Bacon (daves cupboard/Flickr). A package of Smithfield Bacon (daves cupboard/Flickr).

Another day, another major acquisition of a U.S. firm by a Chinese company. The $4.7 billion deal announced today in which China’s Shuanghui Group has agreed to buy the world’s biggest pork producer, Smithfield, is the largest such transaction to date, and nearly double the price paid last year by Dalian Wanda to acquire the U.S. movie theater company AMC. But in every other respect it is just another in a growing string of large, and only moderately controversial, Chinese purchases of U.S. firms. Read more »

Apple and the Taxman: Why Treasury Always Loses

by Edward Alden
Apple CEO Tim Cook testifies before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on May 21, 2013 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Apple CEO Tim Cook testifies before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on May 21, 2013 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Watching the Senate hearing yesterday with Apple chief executive Tim Cook, I came to the conclusion that there are some things the government should not be trying to do even if the reasons for doing so are obviously good ones. And one of those things is taxing corporations. Read more »

U.S. Debt Ceiling: A Plan to Kick the Can?

by Renewing America Staff

House Republicans are looking at legislative options that would couple a hike in the federal debt ceiling, likely due in the fall, with progress on corporate tax reform, writes CFR’s Robert Kahn on his blog “Macro and Markets.” However, significant disagreement between the two parties on major policy points, including on rate levels and the taxing of foreign profits, would probably preclude a grand bargain in the coming months, he says. Read more »