A Proposal to Reform the Taxation of Corporate Income

Research Report

A Proposal to Reform the Taxation of Corporate Income

June 17, 2016

Abstract

This report updates and revises the authors’ 2014 proposal to replace the corporate income tax with taxation at ordinary income rates of dividends and net accrued capital gains of American shareholders. The new proposal retains a 15 percent corporate income tax, gives taxable shareholders a credit for corporate taxes paid, imposes a 15 percent tax on interest income of nonprofits and retirement plans, and addresses stock price volatility and shifts between private and publicly traded status. The reform encourages domestic investment and sharply reduces incentives for corporate inversions. It is approximately revenue neutral and makes the tax system more progressive.

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