Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on business tax issues currently facing U.S. manufacturing companies, and will examine how comprehensive tax reform could improve the ability of manufacturers to contribute to job creation and economic growth, including U.S.-based public and closely held companies as well as foreign-owned U.S. manufacturers. The hearing will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 9:30 A.M.
In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. A list of invited witnesses will follow.
The United States has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world at 39.2 percent (federal and state combined) – compared to the OECD average of approximately 25 percent – and recent economic research indicates that much of the corporate tax is borne by workers in the form of lower wages and fewer jobs. In addition, U.S. manufacturers that operate internationally are subject to tax on their worldwide earnings, while their competitors in foreign markets often are based in countries with a territorial system that does not tax foreign earnings, putting U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage.
Furthermore, a substantial portion of manufacturing activity by U.S. companies is conducted through pass-through entities, and income earned by these entities is taxed at the individual income tax rates. Consequently, uncertainty surrounding the individual rate structure after 2012 poses significant challenges to business planning and job creation in the manufacturing sector, especially for smaller manufacturers further down the supply chain.
In announcing this hearing, Chairman Camp said, “U.S. manufacturing has long been a cornerstone of our economy, and it continues to provide high-paying jobs for American workers while supplying global consumers with high-quality products. As with the rest of our economy, however, the strength of U.S. manufacturing is being undermined by our current tax system, which is too complex, too costly, and too time-consuming to comply with. As we examine the implications of comprehensive tax reform for specific industries, I will be interested in hearing from U.S. manufacturers about how tax reform can make the United States a more attractive place for the industry to hire and invest.”
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
This hearing will examine how the current tax system affects U.S. manufacturers, including U.S.-based public and closely held companies as well as foreign-owned U.S. manufacturers, and how comprehensive tax reform might affect their ability to expand and create jobs.
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