Taxes Send Jobs Offshore

Steve Ballmer of Microsoft says that higher taxes will force Microsoft to move jobs offshore.

June 3 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steven Ballmer said the world's largest software company would move some employees offshore if Congress enacts President Barack Obama's plans to impose higher taxes on U.S. companies' foreign profits.

"It makes U.S. jobs more expensive," Ballmer said in an interview. "We're better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the U.S. as opposed to keeping them inside the U.S."

Obama on May 4 proposed outlawing or restricting about $190 billion in tax breaks for offshore companies over the next decade. Such business groups as the National Foreign Trade Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable have denounced the proposed overhaul.

U.S. tax rules let companies defer paying corporate rates as high as 35 percent on most types of foreign profits as long as that money remains invested overseas. Obama says he wants to end such incentives to keep foreign profits tax-deferred so that companies would invest them in the U.S.

Way to go Obama. What ever happened to the three million new jobs? And Mr. Obama - have you ever heard of unintended consequences? Evidently not.

Well at least we know one definite culprit for sending jobs offshore. Government.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 06.05.09 at 02:38 PM










Comments

Well, DUH!

YouSeeMe   ·  June 5, 2009 3:45 PM

But you see Obama will have saved twice as many jobs as are lost! Right right? No really!!

Oldcrow   ·  June 5, 2009 11:27 PM

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