New Study: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate 50% Higher than Economic Competitors

August 13, 2008

Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge this morning released the latest Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact in response to a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). The OECD study shows that for the 17th consecutive year, the average rate of corporate taxes in non-U.S. countries fell while the U.S. corporate tax rate stayed the same.

As a result of the U.S. failure to lower its corporate tax rate for more than two decades while other major trading nations lowered theirs, the U.S. corporate tax rate is now 50% higher than the OECD average. Nine key trading partners cut their rates during 2007.

Said Hodge:

Continued failure by U.S. tax policymakers to keep up with our top global economic competitors means that we're solidifying a trend that will result in our children and grandchildren not seeing the economic growth we've seen in our lifetimes. There's a real-wallet impact for Americans as we continue to sit idly by while other countries improve the way they do business, and we should be very concerned about jobs, capital, and investments moving from high-tax countries to low-tax countries.

Click here for the Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact. Click here for the press release.

Related data: National and State Corporate Income Tax Rates, U.S. and OECD Countries, 2008

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