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A Case For Higher Corporate Tax Rates, Edward G. Fox, Zachary D. Liscow Jul 2020

A Case For Higher Corporate Tax Rates, Edward G. Fox, Zachary D. Liscow

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In this report, Fox and Liscow argue that, while conventional wisdom holds that we should lower taxes on corporations because of international competition, two recent changes militate in favor of higher corporate taxes, which would close the deficit, fund social programs, and reduce inequality. First, changes in tax law have increasingly targeted the corporate tax at economic “rents,” the supersized returns that businesses receive when they enjoy advantages like market power. Because taxing rents is progressive and does little to harm economic activity, a higher rate is justified. Second, shifts in the American economy have allowed companies to earn more …