For Ireland, multinational companies are a blessing and a curse

Jun 20, 2018
The government welcomes foreign firms, but its tax regime draws criticism.
Google's European headquarters in Dublin in 2010.

Stock buybacks are crazy right now. Here’s why.

Apr 18, 2018
Goldman Sachs reported sharply higher profit this week, and yet its shares fell after Goldman said it wouldn’t be buying back stocks in the second quarter. In this respect, Goldman is an outlier. After the corporate tax rate dropped this year, American companies have been using cash to repurchase their own shares in furious fashion. […]

Tax plan relief will hit retailers that could use a break

Dec 21, 2017
The effective tax rate of many retailers has been just over 30 percent. The new tax bill could help them have more to spend on getting more competitive, in stores and online, as brick-and-mortars suffer. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.

Corporate tax overhaul could mean a big windfall for banks

Dec 20, 2017
The Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill has been delayed because of procedural challenges from the Democrats. But when it does finally go through, one of the big winners will be banks. That’s because most of their business is here in the U.S., so they often pay higher taxes than other industries. A corporate tax rate […]

There’s more to America’s global competitiveness than the tax rate

Dec 5, 2017
Tax savings could go to shareholders, not new technology, jobs or other investments.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks to reporters about the Senate's version of the tax reform bill today at the Capitol.
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Here’s why a one-year phase-in of the corporate tax cut could be a big deal

Dec 5, 2017
One of the key parts of the GOP tax reform plan is a cut in the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent to 20 percent. In the bill passed by the House, that cut would begin next year. The Senate bill delays the cut until 2019. One year may not seem like a […]