Corporate taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. reform has become a major issue in the fiscal policy debate, with widespread disagreement over what impact various reform proposals would have on job growth in the U.S. One of the most discussed reforms – moving to a “territorial” system in which corporations are no longer double-taxed on profits earned abroad – has raised concerns that it would undermine domestic growth and employment. Real life evidence from Canada contradicts these worries, however, according to our newest analysis on international tax systems.
Figure 1: Despite concerns about a territorial system having a negative impact on employment, the Canadian example suggests otherwise.
The case study on Canada is the first in a five-part series on territorial tax systemA territorial tax system for corporations, as opposed to a worldwide tax system, excludes profits multinational companies earn in foreign countries from their domestic tax base. As part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the United States shifted from worldwide taxation towards territorial taxation. s. For a more in depth discussion, please see Tax Foundation Special Report No. 202, “A Global Perspective on Territorial Taxation.”Share