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Are U.S. Corporations Really Over-Taxed?

Co-hosted by the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

Corporate tax reform is one of the principal areas in which there may be an opportunity for the two parties to cooperate in the new session of Congress. Many policymakers are concerned about how the high statutory corporate income tax rate and U.S. rules for taxing foreign-source income affect the competitiveness of U.S.-based corporations and incentives to invest in the United States. Others are concerned about economic distortions and revenue losses from corporate tax preferences and from provisions that allow U.S. companies to shift taxable profits to low-tax jurisdictions.

The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, in the first of a series of joint events, examined how to measure the effective rate of taxation that U.S. corporations currently pay, how taxes affect the ability of these companies to compete in global markets, and how legislated tax preferences affect corporate tax burdens.


  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
  • Jeanne Sahadi, Senior Writer, CNN Money (moderator)
  • Eric Toder, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute and Co-Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Jennifer Blouin, Associate Professor of Accounting, Wharton School of Business and Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative Faculty Affiliate
  • Michael Knoll, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative Faculty Affiliate
  • James Mackie, Director, Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury


Date & Time Thursday, December 11, 2014
2100 M Street NW,Washington, DC 20037
, DC , 20037
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  • Nonresident Fellow