Tax Break Rewards Companies For Hiding Money In Offshore Accounts

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Published on 5 Jan 2019, 19:00
The new tax law the Republicans had been praising is actually rewarding companies for hiding their money overseas. Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discusses this issue.

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The new tax law the Republicans had been praising is actually rewarding companies for hiding their money overseas. I mean, I don't have that. That's exactly what it is. We're going to give you a break. We want you to take the money. All that money that you made because of the tax breaks that you were. You said you were going to share with employees. You said you were going to spread the wealth. Well, no, they didn't spread the wealth. What they want to do is hide it overseas now and I can't make this up there. They're following this and here's why. Here's what they're finding. They're finding first of all, that the companies that are that are, we're arguing, give us a tax break and it's going to trickle down. The first thing you're doing is they're buying back their own stock. Okay? That's. That's number one.

Number two is they're giving their ceos more money. They're giving management more money. This is exactly the and number three. Then they hide what they have left offshore, overseas. Then this is how it goes. They come back to the government and they say they negotiate. Look, you know I was $40,000,000,000 as we speak, about $40,000,000,000 we know is overseas. Worth of tax revenue. Yeah, that's all we know of this point. Forty billion. Okay, so 40 billions overseas being hidden in Ireland or the Bahamas, somewhere. Somewhere out in and hide your money land. Okay, so in hide your money land there. They then say they say to the government will bring it back in if you get. If you let us bring it in by paying two percent taxes on it. They basically just, it. It's extortion. First of all, they're breaking the law most of the time if you really followed it, there'd be ways to show they're breaking the law, but when it comes back in, they negotiated with the government, say, you know, give us a break and we'll bring it back.

And just basically holding the US government hostage. Right? And we've seen it too many times in recent years during Bush and Obama though, do these tax holiday where you can bring it back right now. You're not going to pay any money on it. Just bring it back to the United States. So one of the big selling points that they use to sell this tax break was we've got companies hiding so much money offshore, which is true, but if we lower taxes, they're going to bring it all back. And no, because lower taxes is not what corporations want. No tax is what corporations wants. But these idiots who wrote this bill actually wrote this in there. Right now if you hide your money offshore and bring it back or, or excuse me, before the bill, it was 22 percent. You paid on it. They lowered it from 22 percent to 9 percent.

So they have actually given more incentive for these companies like Abbvie, uh, that was just exposed in this Reuters report. What they do is their headquarters is here in the United States. They're the ones, by the way, they make testosterone that's killing men all over the country. So they're based out of Chicago. They do all their work out of Chicago, but they actually claimed their, their headquarter is down in the Bahamas. So that's where all the profits go. All the money goes to the Bahamas, so none of it is technically US income, even though all the businesses here, so now when they bring it back, instead of paying 22 percent, they don't get to pay 9 percent. And because of the way the crazy business laws work, they can show we didn't make a profit in the United States. We made a loss. It actually shows as a loss and they get to take a tax break on top, on top of the only having to pay 9 percent.