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Capital Allowances | Capital Cost Recovery across the OECD

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Download Data Key Findings A capital allowance is the amount of capital investment costs a business can deduct from its revenue through the tax code via depreciation. Ideally, countries should provide higher capital allowances, as they can boost business investment which, in turn, spurs economic growth. The average of OECD countries’ capital allowances

French Election: Macron vs. Le Pen

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The second round of voting in the French presidential election will be 24 April between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen. Although tax policy has not been a central theme of the campaign due to the war in Ukraine, immigration debates, and cost of living issues, the winner’s policy

EU Tax Trends: Analyzing Recent EU Reforms

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In recent years, EU countries have undertaken a series of tax reforms designed to maintain tax revenue levels while supporting investment and economic growth. In general, tax reforms focused on reducing individual and corporate income tax rates while increasing environmental or wealth taxes. However, as summarized here, not all tax reforms were created

R&D Tax Incentives: European OECD Countries

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Many countries incentivize business investment in research and development (R&D), intending to foster innovation. A common approach is to provide direct government funding for R&D activity. However, a significant number of jurisdictions also offers R&D tax incentives. These generally take two forms, namely patent boxes—taxing income derived from intellectual property at a rate

Pillar Two: Global Minimum Tax Model Rules

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Everyone loves accounting, right? You have debits and credits that change the balance of assets, liabilities, and equity on the balance sheet and report cash flows and accruals on the income statement. The rules are complex. To make matters worse, the accounting rules for tax are different than for financial accounting used to

A Regulatory Tax Hike on US Multinationals

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Throughout the first year of the Biden administration, one tax policy theme was consistent. The President and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen were focused on increasing the tax burden on U.S. companies—particularly multinational companies.  As Secretary Yellen put it last year, “It is about making sure that governments have stable tax systems that raise

Formulary Apportionment and the OECD Tax Deal

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares One of the greatest challenges of lawmaking is recognizing when a beautiful theory must succumb to an ugly fact. The purity of conceptual policymaking must take the real world into account and acknowledge that things that work well “in theory” sometimes fail spectacularly to meet expectations “in practice.” It would be wonderful if

US Global Minimum Tax Build Back Better Considerations

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Build Back Better legislative package includes both tax hikes and tax cuts, which contain two contrasting tax policy narratives. Tax hikes include corporate tax increases on foreign income and a new 15 percent domestic minimum tax, and green energy tax incentives provide a tax cut. Policymakers also sought to protect some pre-existing tax

Wealth Taxes in the OECD and Lessons for the U.S.

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Recent discussions of a proposed wealth tax for the United States have included little information about trends in wealth taxation among other developed nations. However, those trends and the current state of wealth taxes in OECD countries can provide context for U.S. proposals. The OECD maintains detailed tax revenue statistics for its 38
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