Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.
Tax and fiscal policy have a profound impact on U.S. business investment, economic growth and job creation. Business Roundtable supports competitive, pro-growth tax and fiscal policies to promote economic expansion, level the playing field for U.S. companies competing in global markets and stabilize the federal debt relative to the size of the U.S. economy.
Recent Activities in Tax & Fiscal Policy
Business Roundtable has strong concerns about the potential business disruption, significant breadth of impact, and adverse consequences caused by the proposed regulations. Because of these concerns, and the immediate effect of the new rules, I urge Congress to require the Treasury Department to take three immediate actions: (1) extend the comment period by at least 90 days (to October 5, 2016); (2) change the effective date; and (3) provide a thorough and complete economic analysis prior to considering finalizing the regulations.
The proposed guidance, which overturns long-standing tax principles and well-established case law and regulations, will significantly increase the cost of doing business in the United States, and create further obstacles to much needed investment, job creation and economic growth.
Business Roundtable’s interest in CbC reporting stems from the fact that the information requested in these reports includes sensitive competitive business information. Safeguarding the confidentiality of this information is key, which the Treasury’s proposed CbC reporting regulations recognize by providing the same confidentiality protection to CbC reports as to other tax return information.
Increasing the ability of American businesses and their U.S. workers to compete in foreign markets provides immediate benefits to the U.S. economy.
Business Roundtable President John Engler issued a statement following the U.S. Treasury action regarding inversions and President Obama's remarks.