An Analysis of Where American Companies Report Profits: Indications of Profit Shifting

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 28, 2013

CRS – An Analysis of Where American Companies Report Profits: Indications of Profit Shifting. Mark P. Keightley, Specialist in Economics, January 18, 2013

  • “This report uses data on the operations of U.S. multinational companies (MNCs) to examine the extent to which, if any, MNCs are moving profits out of high-tax countries (or out of the U.S.) and into low-tax countries with little corresponding change in business operations, a practice known as “profit shifting.” To do this, the profits reported by American firms in two groups of countries are compared with measures of real economic activity in those locations. The first group consists of the five countries commonly identified as being “tax preferred” or “tax haven” countries, and includes Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The second group, which provides a baseline for comparison, consists of five more traditional economies. This group includes Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.”
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