House Bill Raises Chance for Global Pact to Curb Corporate Tax Havens

That’s exactly what Treasury officials Itai Grinberg and Rebecca Kysar, who have been in charge of global negotiations for the United States, wrote about in an essay last week. “Jobs and investment can flourish.”

Last week, Janet L. Yellen told her G7 counterparts that the higher rate would “generate funding for a sustained increase in critical investments in education, research, and clean energy.”

In early and mid-October, more information will be released about those plans. With regard to Pillar 1, it is not clear when the United States would implement it, and there are still concerns among business groups as well as Republican politicians about the impact on U.S. firms.

Self-imposed October deadlines can be extended. It will take some time for countries to change their tax laws, so they have set a goal of fully activating the agreement by 2023.

Before it is put to a vote, Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee may make significant changes to the House proposal they have outlined. The Senate Democrats’ proposal, which has yet to settle on a tax rate for corporate foreign earnings, will have to be merged with this one in the end.

According to a former Treasury official in the Obama administration, Manal Corwin, it is possible that the rate could rise despite companies’ efforts to keep it at the current level.

She said, “You never know how these things play out when they need more revenue,” and she was right.

The House Democrats’ proposal for domestic corporate tax rates could be reworked in tandem with any changes. Instead of going all the way up to 28 percent, as Vice President Biden suggested, the House has proposed a graduated tax structure, with the lowest-earning businesses paying only 18 percent and the highest-earning businesses paying 26.5 percent.

Global Tax Agreement

Countries have been debating major changes to international tax rules that affect multinational corporations in recent years.

More than 130 member states of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) settled on a framework for new tax laws in October of last year after lengthy talks.

If governments changed their tax policies, multinational corporations would pay higher rates in countries with a large client base and lower rates in countries with their primary place of business, where they employ the majority of their workforce and conduct the majority of their business.

The accord also includes a worldwide minimum tax of 15%, which would increase taxation of corporations’ low-tax revenues.

Governments are Currently Working on Making the Agreement Law and Creating Implementation Plans.

A framework has being proposed for the OECD proposal since 2019. The reform is based on two main principles: The first pillar modifies the taxation of multinational corporations, affecting about $125 billion in profits, while the second pillar establishes a global minimum tax, raising tax revenues by an estimated $150 billion worldwide.

First, the deadline for Pillar One has been pushed back to mid-2023, while the deadline for Pillar Two is mid-2024 at the earliest due to implementation delays and disagreement on the policy details.

Companies with over €20 billion in revenue and a profit margin of at least 10% would be eligible for “Amount A” in the first pillar. Profits made by these businesses could be subject to taxation in the countries where their products are sold at a rate of up to 25% if they exceed a 10% margin. The €20 billion threshold might be lowered to €10 billion after a review period of seven years.

A represents a small redistribution of tax revenue from nations where large corporations operate to countries where they have customers. Many of these businesses have their roots in the United States.


This strategy may cause the United States to lose tax money. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has previously stated in writing that she thinks Amount A would have little to no impact on federal revenues.

However, this can only be the case if the United States receives a sizable amount of money from businesses located outside of the country, or from U.S. businesses that sell to customers in the United States via overseas branches.