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The Best Tax Incentive In The World

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, In a move almost destined to prove that laws and policies have absolutely zero meaning, the European Union released a list of “tax havens” last week… with a massive, giant, highly conspicuous omission. The blacklist contains the names of the usual suspects– Panama, United Arab Emirates, etc., along with […]


Tax Cut! Yardeni Research Calculates Effective Corporate Tax Rate Already Fallen To 13%

In March 2017, The Institution on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released its latest report examining the corporate tax filings for Fortune 500 companies. It looked at 258 of the companies which had been "consistently profitable" from 2008 to 2015. The report concluded that these companies were collectively paying far less than the statutory 35% […]


Senate Tax Debacle: Certain Pass-Through Entities Face Marginal Tax Rates Over 100% Under Current Bill

As the House and Senate continue to try to reconcile their two versions of a tax plan, the taxing structure for pass-through entities (s-corps, LLC’s, etc.) continues to be somewhat controversial, if not completely nonsensical. As we pointed out last week, the Senate bill somewhat randomly chose to exclude pass-through entities organized as family trusts […]


Monaco Has To Build Into Mediterranean Sea To House Super-Rich

The principality of Monaco is about the same size as New York’s Central Park and slightly bigger than London’s Regent’s Park. Besides hosting the Monaco Grand Prix it is home to thousands of multi-millionaires, including tennis player Novak Djokovic and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, who enjoy the fact that Monaco does not levy income tax […]


Taxes: Here’s What’s Going To Stay The Same

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, On October 3, 1913, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Underwood-Simmons Act into law, creating what would become the first modern US income tax. The legislation (at least, the income tax portion) was only 16 pages and imposed a base tax rate of just 1%. The highest tax rate […]


Forget The Bogus Republican “Reform”: Here’s What Real Tax Reform Would Look Like

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The point is to end the current system in which billionaires get all the privileges and financial benefits of owning assets in the U.S. but don't pay taxes that are proportional to the benefits they extract. As has been widely noted, the Republicans' proposed "tax reform" is […]


Class Warfare: People Are Out For Blood

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, Roughly two thousand years ago, the government of ancient Rome was facing a serious problem. The tributium capitus, or poll tax, that they had imposed across their provinces was becoming unpopular. And there was among a growing minority of Roman subjects who felt they were being forced to pay […]


Bill Blain: “We Are Approaching Levels Of Optimism Last Seen In The Days Of The Dot.Com Bubble”

“Blain’s Morning Porridge”, Submitted by Bill Blain of Mint Partners “Comrades come rally, let the last fight let us win….. for though they offer us concessions, change will not come from above..” Paradise or not, how much hotter can markets get? Divided opinion here in the office this morning.. Stirring the pot is the BBC’s […]


Paradise Papers: Massive New Leak Exposes Tax-Haven Secrets, Links Wilbur Ross To Russia

One year after the Panama Papers revealed billions in assets are held in offshore "tax haven" accounts by some of the world's most powerful and wealthy individuals, on Sunday a huge new leak of financial documents disclosed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) – a global network that won the Pulitzer Prize this […]


Goldman Sachs Maintains The Most Tax Havens Of Any US Company… By Far

Multinational companies based in the United States are able to avoid paying an estimated $100 billion in federal income tax every year through the use of tax havens. As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, a recent report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy has found that 366 of America's largest 500 companies maintain 9,755 tax haven […]


These U.S. Companies Have The Most Cash Parked Overseas

While many US companies, especially those in the Russell 2000, have seen their stocks surge in recent days on renewed hopes that Trump tax reform may pass in the coming months (Goldman assigned a 65% probability of Trump tax passing), the reality is that for a vast majority of US corporations a tax cut to […]


One-Tenth Of Global GDP Is Now Held In Offshore Tax Havens

Accurately measuring the scope of global wealth inequality is a notoriously difficult undertaking – a fact that was brought to light last year when the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the Panama Papers, exposing clients of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. As the papers revealed, Mossack Fonseca, which is only the world’s fourth-largest provider […]