Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is October 7, 2015
home news sports feature opinionfyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » July 15, 2014 » Opinion » Guest Column: How a fairer tax code can improve American ...
Published 449 days ago

Guest Column: How a fairer tax code can improve American infrastructure

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

By Chris Van Hollen and Sander Levin
American Forum

As Congress ia nowhome to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed.

The first is the increasing - and troubling - trend of big corporations essentially giving up their American citizenship and reincorporating overseas to reduce their U.S. taxes. Despite the fact that our nation has made significant investments to enable their success - investments like roads and bridges over which they move their products to consumers - more and more big corporations are using a legal maneuver to avoid their fair share of taxes. These corporations will combine with a smaller foreign firm and then claim that the combined corporation is no longer American for tax purposes. These corporate "inversions" cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and are unfair to the vast majority of businesses - large and small - that stay in America and pay their fair share. Unfortunately, Wall Street analysts expect this trend to continue and possibly accelerate.

The second critical issue is our limited window to replenish the Highway Trust Fund - the way that the federal government partners with states and communities to build and maintain our national transportation network. States have already started to slow down projects that are critical to transportation systems across the country. And if Congress does not act soon, 112,000 roadway projects and 5,600 transit projects could be brought to a halt starting this summer - threatening 700,000 construction jobs at a time when unemployment in that industry stands at over 8 percent. Unfortunately, the Republican House majority has failed to advance any serious solutions to our immediate infrastructure needs.

That is why we introduced legislation last week to solve both of these problems. The Stop Corporate Expatriation and Invest in America's Infrastructure Act will put an end to tax-avoiding corporate expatriations and devote the resulting revenue to the Highway Trust Fund, which will address the immediate funding crisis facing America's highway and transit systems this summer.

Investments in infrastructure used to be something that had bipartisan support. As families hit the road for summer vacations, the urgent need to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges will be more evident - there is a reason the American Society for Civil Engineers gave our national infrastructure the grade of a D+. At the same time, corporate expatriations are a growing problem that cost billions of dollars and undermine vital domestic priorities - and the American people understand that it's simply not right that large corporations can avoid U.S. taxes by changing their address. Our bill stops the revenue loss from corporate expatriations, and it uses those dollars to fund transportation projects and create jobs here at home.

The writers are, respectively, the Ranking Democrats on the House Budget and House Ways and Means Committees.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

Top of Page

July 15, 2014
Recent Opinion
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories

Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us