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The Urgency for Tax Reform

It has been over 30 years since major tax reform was last undertaken. The United States has failed to act while the rest of the world has implemented modern tax policies to aggressively compete for jobs and investment.

Successful tax reform should end the competitive tax disadvantage that U.S. companies face every day in the global marketplace. A modernized tax code must include competitive business tax rates and a modern international tax system (territorial-like) that doesn’t leave trillions of foreign earnings trapped overseas.

The livestream of “A Conversation with Business Leaders on Tax Reform” will begin on Wednesday, September 20, at 8:45am.

Tax Reform Will Drive Jobs and Growth in Every State

A Business Roundtable study shows that globally engaged U.S. companies deliver high-wage jobs and increased economic opportunity in communities across the United States. These companies would invest more, grow faster and increase hiring with tax modernization that levels the playing field for American businesses and workers.


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