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TEMPLATE LOCAL RESOLUTION to Stop Corporate Tax Dodging: Invest in U.S.
The U.S. Congress must act now to raise significant new revenues by closing tax loopholes that allow Wall Street corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas to avoid U.S. taxes. Multinational corporations must be responsible by paying their fair share of taxes at home so that we can rebuild our roads, bridges and neighborhoods, invest in education for future generations and create an American economy that works for all of us.

Whereas, dozens of large, profitable corporations – such as General Electric, Verizon and Boeing – paid no federal income taxes from 2008 to 2011 by using loopholes that allow them to avoid these taxes; and

Whereas, U.S. multinational corporations are holding $1.9 trillion in profits offshore, much of it in tax havens like the Cayman Islands with little or no corporate income tax, and the U.S. government cannot collect taxes on those profits until they are brought back to the United States, which may never occur; and Whereas, if Congress closed the “deferral” loophole by requiring companies to pay taxes on their foreign profits, as they do on domestic profits, less any foreign taxes paid on their offshore profits, nearly $600 billion could be raised over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation to make critical investments in the economy; Whereas tax dodging through the use of tax havens is estimated to cost each Maine taxpayer $642 and cost each Maine small business $1,614; Whereas corporate profits are at a 60-year high, while corporate taxes are near a 60-year low as a share of federal revenue, or just 10 percent i;

Whereas the effective tax rate of big profitable corporations is just 12.6 percent, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, far below the 35 percent statutory tax rate; Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation, including Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and the Members of Maine’s legislature should support proposals that— (1) Require corporations to pay their fair share of taxes in order to raise a significant amount of new revenue, so that corporations contribute to fixing our economy and to investing in the communities they profit from; (2) End tax loopholes that encourage U.S. corporations to ship profits and jobs overseas; (3) End tax loopholes that let U.S. multinational companies avoid taxes by shifting profits on paper to offshore subsidiaries in tax havens, where they have few, if any employees; (4) Level the playing field on taxes between multinational corporations and small Main Street businesses and between multinational corporations and domestic businesses;

U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, Historical Tables, 1934-2017 (Table 2.2) (2012). http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals

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