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TREASURY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST REPATRIATION TAX HOLIDAY

On March 24, the Treasury released a blog post coming out against a proposed tax holiday on overseas profits.  A group of U.S.-based corporations, led by the Chamber of Commerce, have been pushing heavily for the repatriation tax holiday which would allow companies to bring profits back to the U.S. from overseas. Michael Mundaca, Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy said that the holiday could cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and asserted that instead the focus should remain on comprehensive tax reform. Mundaca cited the results of the tax holiday of 2004, saying: “there is no evidence that it increased U.S. investment or jobs, and it cost taxpayers billions…the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reports that most of the largest beneficiaries of the holiday actually cut jobs in 2005 and 2006.”

In response to Mundaca’s statement, Chamber of Commerce COO and Executive Vice President David Chavern stated that he “presented a false choice,” because “the real choice is not a tax holiday versus reform – it’s do we want money returned to the U.S. economy or do we want it invested in competing economies overseas?”  Despite the Chamber’s response, it seems that congressional GOP leaders on the issue were warier of a tax holiday, as both House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)) and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee (Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)) stated via their staffers that they prefer to view the repatriation issue through a more comprehensive approach to rewriting the U.S. tax code.

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