Almost everyone agrees the two greatest economic problems facing the US are the growing and unsustainable federal deficit and persistently high unemployment and underemployment. So it is surprising to a long-time tax practitioner that the two leading proposals for corporate tax reform in the US – lowering the corporate tax rate through base-broadening and adopting a territorial tax system – are almost certain to make both problems worse. Jim Ditkoff, senior vice president, finance & tax at the Danaher Corporation, explains why.
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