Taxes

A Policymaker’s Guide to Internet Tax

March 19, 2013
IPI and ITIF hosted a lunch briefing to untangle Internet tax policy.

Ever wonder what the difference is between the Internet tax moratorium and the Main Street Internet Tax Fairness Act? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, the Internet and telecommunications are subject to a variety of taxes at different levels of government. At least four different tax proposals are either in Congress or about to be introduced that would reduce tax discrimination in the e-commerce, telecom and Internet space. They sound similar but have very different intents and outcomes. Read more »

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Lawmakers Say Online Sales Tax May Have to Stand on its Own

Politico
ITIF President Rob Atkinson, speaking at a Politico Pro event, said the Marketplace Fairness Act bill doesn't need to be watered down to appease some parties.

Deep Dive: Tax Reform and the Technology Sector

March 16, 2013
The Politico Pro team presents an in-depth conversation with special guest Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

The Politico Pro team presents an in-depth conversation with special guests Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Laura Bishop, Vice President of Government Relations, Best Buy; Scott Hodge, President, Tax Foundation; Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Chairman, New Democrat Coalition; Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Member, House Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), Member, House Appropriations Committee. Read more »

Hill Briefing: Top Industry Analysts Untangle E-Commerce, Internet Tax Proposals

WASHINGTON (March 15, 2013) - At least four different tax proposals are either in Congress or about to be introduced that would reduce tax discrimination in the e-commerce, telecom and Internet space. While the bills may sound similar, they have very different intents and outcomes, and all could have a significant effect on consumers and businesses. Read more »

Offshore Cash Hoard Expands by $183 Billion at Companies

Bloomberg Businessweek
Reforming corporate tax offshoring could help the problems but isn't going make them all go away, according to Rob Atkinson.

Deep Dive: Tax Reform and the Technology Sector

March 6, 2013
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Rob Atkinson, president of ITIF will participate in a discussion on tax reform in the tech industry hosted by Politico at the Newseum. Other participants include Laura Bishop, Vice President of Government Relations, Best Buy; Scott Hodge, President, Tax Foundation; Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Chairman, New Democrat Coalition; Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Member, House Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), Member, House Appropriations Committee. 


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Taxation of Intangibles: Implications for Growth, Jobs and Competitiveness

February 13, 2013
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Rob Atkinson presentation at the fourteenth annual Tax Policy and Practice Symposium on the Taxation of Intangibles: A focus on intangibles (or tangibles) confuses the real issue. From an economic policy perspective, the focus should not be on intangible capital versus tangible capital. It should be on “smart” capital that generates societal externalities and growth vs. other expenditures that from a societal perspective are capitalized consumption.

Winning the Race 2012 Memos: Corporate Tax

September 17, 2012
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If the U.S. economy is to once again become globally competitive and driven by productive investment we need a tax code that provides generous incentives to invest in innovation and productivity while at the same time putting U.S. establishments that compete in global markets on a more level playing field with foreign competitors. Yet today’s partisan clash over taxes is the same one we have seen in every election for decades. Most Republicans insist that all taxes need to be reduced. Many Democrats insist on maintaining revenues needed for government programs they regard as critical and making sure “the wealthy pay their share.” However, this clash misses the point. Yes, we need lower taxes, but on businesses, not individuals. And we also need to expand investment incentives if businesses are to create good jobs in America. If even some of the most liberal states in the nation have figured out that a competitive corporate tax code designed in the context of fiscal discipline is not a choice but a requirement if workers are to prosper, surely Washington can do the same.

What the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Means for U.S. Innovation

The Washington Post
Rob Atkinson weighed in on the fiscal cliff deal, saying extensions of an existing deferral of taxes on foreign income and the R&D tax credit were generally good for tech companies.

High Tech's Course Hinges on Tax Talks

San Francisco Chronicle
Rob Atkinson stresses the importance of new tax ideas like patent boxes.