Business Taxes and International Competitiveness
Michael S. Knoll
University of Pennsylvania Law School; University of Pennsylvania - Real Estate Department
May 28, 2008
U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 08-12
Around the world, policymakers are obsessed with the competitiveness of their domestic companies and domestically based multinational corporations (MNCs). Such concerns frequently influence policy, especially tax policy. In this paper, I develop a theory of how taxes affect the international competitiveness of businesses. I then use that theory to evaluate basic tax policy decisions, such as the choice between residence- and source-based taxation and the level of tax rates, and to understand the impact various provisions in the U.S. Internal Revenue Code are likely to have on the competitiveness of U.S.-based corporations and MNCs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: competitiveness, taxation, international competitiveness, international taxation, territorial taxation, worldwide taxation, foreign tax credit, source-based taxation, residence-based taxation, capital export neutrality, capital import neutrality, capital ownership neutrality
JEL Classification: F10, F30, H22, K34
Date posted: May 28, 2008
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