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Yellen Pushing G20 Leaders For More than 15% Tax Rate

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EDITOR NOTE: With G7 leaders sold on Janet Yellen’s 15% minimum corporate tax floor, she is now asking her G20 leaders and counterparts to raise that floor to a figure that’s still in negotiation. What we’re seeing are stems of socialism closing in on the globe, cultivated and exported by the one country that, throughout the 20th century, was vehemently opposed to anything that smacked of Marxism: the United States. On the domestic front, the Biden administration is looking to tax the wealthiest of Americans, doubling the taxation of American companies overseas, and denying deductions for overseas tax payments to countries that aren’t participating in the global minimum corporate tax rate. Under the banner of new social programs aimed at the betterment of America, the government is looking to ramp up its massive spending spree, coercively extracting its spending money from companies and wealthy individuals directly through taxation, and from poor to middle class households through the indirect tax route of money printing.

WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will press G20 counterparts this week for a global minimum corporate tax rate above the 15% floor agreed by 130 countries last week, but a rate decision is not expected until future phases of negotiations, U.S. Treasury officials said on Tuesday.

The specific rate, and potential exemptions, are among issues still to be determined after 130 countries reached an historic agreement at a Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting last week. The countries outlined a global minimum tax and the reallocation of taxing rights for large, highly profitable multinational firms.

The deal is widely expected to be endorsed by G20 finance leaders when they meet on Friday and Saturday in Venice, Italy. read more

Negotiations on the global minimum tax rate, aimed for completion by the G20 leaders' summit in October, is tied to the outcome of legislation to raise the U.S. minimum tax rate, a Treasury official said.

The Biden administration has proposed doubling the U.S. minimum tax on corporations overseas intangible income to 21% along with a new companion "enforcement" tax that would deny deductions to companies for tax payments to countries that fail to adopt the new global minimum rate.

The officials said several countries were pushing for a rate above 15%, along with the United States.

Yellen has been working with the tax-writing committees in Congress to include such provisions in budget "reconciliation" legislation, to align U.S. tax laws with the new international tax goals.

Democrats in Congress have said they plan to pursue such legislation, expected to include new social program investments and tax increases on U.S. corporations and wealthy Americans, without Republican votes if necessary. Republicans have vowed to fight any U.S. tax increases.

The officials said the Treasury's legislative proposals for reallocating taxation rights have been carefully crafted to appeal to both Democrats and Republicans.

The plans mark a shift from traditional headquarters-based taxation to allow countries where the largest and most profitable U.S. firms sell products and services to tax a portion of those profits. The Treasury would also be able to tax part of the profits of large foreign firms selling into the United States.

The official said that the positives from the deal include ensuring no loss of U.S. tax revenues and ending foreign countries' digital services taxes aimed at U.S. technology giants.

The Treasury officials added that Yellen is also making clear that a potential new digital levy expected to be proposed by the European Commission in the coming weeks to fund COVID-19 recovery is inconsistent with European Union commitments to the OECD framework agreement signed on July 1. read more

European Commission executive vice president Margrethe Vestager told Reuters that the levy would be paid largely by European companies to repay 750 billion euros ($886 billion) in borrowing for a post-pandemic recovery fund. read more

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