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Biden’s Tax Plan Aims to Raise $2.5 Trillion and End Profit-Shifting

“Companies aren’t going to be able to hide their income in places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda in tax havens,” Mr. Biden mentioned on Wednesday throughout remarks on the White House. He defended the tax will increase as vital to pay for infrastructure investments that America wants and to assist scale back the federal deficit over the long run.

Mr. Biden’s proposals are a repudiation of Washington’s final huge tax overhaul — President Donald J. Trump’s 2017 tax cuts. Biden administration officers say that legislation elevated the incentives for corporations to shift earnings to lower-tax international locations, whereas decreasing company tax receipts within the United States to match their lowest ranges as a share of the financial system since World War II.

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen, in rolling out the plan, mentioned it might finish a worldwide “race to the bottom” of company taxation that has been damaging for the American financial system and its employees.

“Our tax revenues are already at their lowest level in generations,” Ms. Yellen mentioned. “If they continue to drop lower, we will have less money to invest in roads, bridges, broadband and R&D.”

The plan, whereas formidable, is not going to be straightforward to enact.

Some of the proposals, like sure modifications to how a worldwide minimal tax is utilized to company earnings, may presumably be put in place by the Treasury Department by way of regulation. But most will want the approval of Congress, together with rising the company tax rate. Given Democrats’ slim majority in each the Senate and the House, that proposed rate may drop. Already, Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, an important swing vote, has mentioned he would favor a 25 p.c company rate.