Global Competitiveness: Undermined by U.S. Corporate Taxes

By August 12, 2009Taxation

From The Tax Foundation, “As Industrialized Countries Cut Corporate Taxes, U.S. Rate Still Second-Highest“:

Washington, DC – Canada, the Czech Republic, Korea, and Sweden all cut their corporate tax rates in 2009, distancing the United States even further from the pack with its combined federal and state rate of 39.1 percent—second only to Japan for the highest corporate tax rate among nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A Tax Foundation analysis of new OECD data finds that 2009 marks the 12th consecutive year in which the U.S. corporate tax rate is higher than the average rate among non-U.S. OECD nations—and roughly 50 percent higher than that of a mid-ranked country such as Sweden.

“America’s high corporate tax rate should be a red flag to U.S. lawmakers worried about the country’s flagging economic growth, slow wage growth, and our overall global competitiveness,” write Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge and Summer Fellow André Dammert, who authored Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 184, ” U.S. Lags While Competitors Accelerate Corporate Income Tax Reform.” The Fiscal Fact is available online at

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