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While Trump's tax plan eliminates some loopholes used by wealthy Americans, the Tax Foundation says the proposal aims to level the playing field for high income earners who have traditionally shouldered the country's tax burden.

But Cowen is broadly right - lowering the tax is a good idea. One is to curtail his cuts in hopes of achieving a score of revenue neutrality from the JCT. The second tax cut is providing full expensing to corporations.

Prices for customers go up to some degree, and take-home wages for employees - both at the top and the bottom of the pay scale - go down.

William Gale, a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution says, "It's basically a massive tax cut for the very highest income households".

That will ensure that less of the cost of government falls on the poor. The 6.75 percentage-point cut in the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 28.25 percent would boost the long-run size of GDP by 1.5 percent. However, lower rates alone will go a long way toward reducing the practice.

Business investment has been weak for the last couple of years, dragging down economic growth. Living outside of your means will only lead to trouble down the road.

IL is a high tax, high-income state, and Illinoisans rank No. 10 among all states for gaining from the state and local tax loophole, according to IRS tax files.

That differential might not be enough to convince an American company to close up shop in B.C. and relocate its operations back to the U.S., Flynn said, but it might prevent future investment here. "It's likely that lower tax rates would encourage investment, but it's not clear by how much".

A number of other studies find similar results. Last year, the effective tax rate for US corporations was 26 percent, according to Wells Fargo Securities.

Abolishes Obamacare's 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services. Does big business really deserve to gobble up more profits? Sure, they'll help you pay your premium, but the only reason you couldn't afford it in the first place was that they made it artificially expensive through these taxes, and through requirements of coverage for things a lot of people don't want, and by sticking healthy people and sick people in the same risk pool and refusing to let insurers differentiate between the two. Many firms are leaving profits outside the US seemingly in perpetuity, or until the USA makes repatriation less onerous. Any unincorporated business could exploit this practice. It's no secret that Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau are no fans of Trump's attitude to the world around him, seeing his push to rejig the US' trade and migration policies as unfairly and illiberally stacking the odds in America's favour, but they could do well to stay quiet when it comes to some parts of domestic economic policy: their corporate tax rates are just as attractive as the US' would be if Trump succeeds. China's corporate tax rate is 25 percent, Ireland's is 12.5 percent, and our neighbor Canada's is 15 percent.

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Meanwhile, because of tax avoidance, the true rate isn't closely tied to the headline rate.

Microsoft alone has about $150 billion in profits sheltered outside of the U.S., Flynn said.

All that avoidance costs real resources - hours of labor by tax accountants and financial professionals, buildings for them to work in, and computers to keep everything in order.

While simplification and reductions in tax rates are positives for individual taxpayers, there are some losses with an unknown impact.

Reducing the reward from tax avoidance might also lower an important barrier to entry in US industries.

Federal tax reform sets the table for IL to get its house in order.

Those fixed costs make it hard from small startups to compete on a level playing field with big, established companies, worsening the problem of monopoly power in the economy. Gone will be the days when Walgreens considered relocating to Switzerland to avoid America's senseless corporate tax code.

Without corresponding cuts to government programs, analysts say the Trump tax cuts are likely to "blow a hole in the deficit" (expand the deficit shortfall).

Most advanced countries have already done this.

Noah Smith, a Bloomberg View columnist, was an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University.

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