Posted by WARREN MOSLER on October 10th, 2011
Good report on this supposed ‘job creator’ here.
Hint, it’s not…
US Daily : Profit Repatriation Tax Holiday: Still an Uphill Climb (Phillips)
Published October 5, 2011
* Media reports indicate that Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and John McCain (R-AZ) plan to introduce legislation to allow for a one-time tax holiday for repatriation of corporate profits from abroad. If such a plan were enacted, it would most likely increase dividend payments and share buybacks, potentially resulting in a slight easing of financial conditions. However, we would not expect a significant change in corporate hiring or investment plans: most firms with large amounts of overseas profits are likely to have adequate access to financing, so the availability of cash on hand is unlikely to be a constraint on investment at the present time.
* Repatriation legislation also still appears to face significant legislative hurdles. The most important may be its estimated cost; the official cost estimate of a repeat of the 5.25% temporary tax rate enacted in 2004 is nearly $80bn over ten years in lost revenue. A second hurdle is the interest some lawmakers have in saving such a tax break as an incentive for broader tax reform.
By Kristina Peterson
October 5 (Dow Jones) — A bipartisan pair of senators plans to introduce on Thursday a bill proposing a tax break for U.S. companies that bring home foreign profits.
Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) will co-sponsor legislation that would create a repatriation tax holiday, reducing the corporate taxes that U.S. multinationals would pay when bringing home overseas profits, in an effort to boost the economy. Their bill, called the Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act, would create an incentive for companies to bring back an estimated $1.4 trillion currently kept overseas, according to an advisory from their offices.