The most common arguments for reducing the 35 percent federal tax on corporate income usually revolve around the fact that having the developed world’s highest tax rate on business undermines competitiveness and reduces investment in America.
And all of that is true. But we should never lose sight of the fact that the corporate income tax is merely a collection device. Businesses may pay the tax, but the real burden is borne by people.
- Shareholders (investors) receive lower dividends.
- Consumers pay more for goods and services.
- Workers receive lower levels of compensation.
Politicians don’t really care about investors since some shareholders are rich, but they definitely pay lip service to the notion that they are on the side of consumers and workers.
So I think this new study from German scholars is worth sharing because it measures the effect of corporate taxation on wages. Here are some of the…
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