- Aug 23, 2009
Zerohedge seems to know the most about this country. He now claims that we have been lied and deceived yet again. Our corporation tax is going to be hiked by the IMF / EUSSR.
What Will Happen To Ireland (And Various MNCs) When Ireland Is Finally Forced To Hike Tax Rates? | zero hedgeOne of the sad conclusions about today's Irish bailout is that despite numerous lies to the contrary, the country's corporate tax rate, that staple which has allowed so many corporations to skirt the record US corporate tax rate, is about to be hiked. The bailout ink on Irish pre-foreclosure mortgage note was not even dry (and you bet Bank of America is not going to lose this one) and already the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn showed the now insolvent island who's boss: "When asked in an interview with RTÉ News if the corporate tax rate was now off the table for good, Mr Rehn said that by Ireland's ceasing to be a low tax country this did not imply specific measures, but 'it is likely unfortunately to imply tax increases." Ironically, the biggest losers in this transition to a higher tax rate would be various multi national corporations, as was observed yesterday, while the biggest gainers would be other European states, which would be on a more competitive footing with Ireland when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment and new business domiciles. And since banks such as Bank of America and Citigroup would be among some of the legal tax evasion losers, it was only a matter of time before Citi provided the following reasoning for why Ireland would either not allow a corporate tax hike (we are confident this is inevitable), or why any benefits from such an action would be de minimis (this appears far more reasonable).
First, here a chart showing comparative tax rates among the OECD countries. It becomes obvious why the Irish tax rate is its primary trump card when it comes to attracting foreign business: