US law encourages businesses and individuals to take whatever steps legally acceptable to postpone or reduce tax payments. However, it is obvious that the companies leaving profits overseas are doing this to pressure the government to alter current legislation so as to reduce their tax obligations. This is not right. They should comply with the current law in place affecting profits they've already generated and push to change the law in case of future tax obligations.
I agree the US government or indeed any other government need to come up with a solution to attract businesses transfer its offshore profits back into the businesses country of domain.. There's no doubt these businesses should pay up period. I think perhaps some sort of lower taxes ought to be introduced by the government to induce the movement of such offshore profits.
that's so true! but it's just not companies it's individuals too. I had US citizen co-workers living/working in MX & China and they paid nothing or very little in taxes. Rules may have changed but it was ok to exclude from your gross income up to 100K plus housing expenses, and fair market value of pay received as goods/services. I'm guessing this is why many retirees flock to Mexico too.
@Ariella, i do agree that we have to pay tax if we make profit on foreign inverstment but i am thinking that it is not logical to pay tax twice. I am not favoring companies because i know that finance people make fool of the government by route the money through the tax heavens.
@Himanshugupta But individuals do have to do that. If I were to invest in something that generates income abroad, I still have to pay income taxes on that where I live. Even on a local level, people who live in one state and work in another have to both pay taxes where they work and where they live, though they do get credit in their home state for what is paid to the other state.
Why do any government want to tax the income that someone has generated outside and especially when that income has already been taxed? I compare it to the situation when a person who is working in one country try to send money home at get taxed twice (once income tax and second remittance tax).
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