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U.S. Businesses Find Welcome Surprises in Tax Bill

Last-minute changes to the tax-overhaul bill dropped key provisions that most worried companies while raising other costs slightly
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 17:46

The final tax bill offers much of what large companies hoped to gain from the Republican overhaul: the billboard corporate rate was knocked down, cuts were accelerated and key credits were preserved.

20% vs. 22%: The Tension Over Two Points in the Corporate Tax Rate

President Trump has raised possibility of increase, which amounts to about $200 billion over a decade
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 18:52

Two percentage points are generating a big tussle in the debate over the right corporate tax rate.

As House and Senate lawmakers continue hashing out differences between their tax-overhaul bills, the prospect lingers that they could push the new corporate tax rate to 22%.

Companies Push to Repeal AMT After Senate’s Last-Minute Move to Keep It Alive

Business lobbyists say keeping corporate alternative minimum tax would undercut several goals of legislation
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Monday, December 4, 2017 - 20:01

Technology, banking and other industries mounted a new round of lobbying Monday to save a wide range of tax breaks following the last-minute switch in the federal tax overhaul by the U.S. Senate.

For Multinationals, the Tax Bill’s Good Likely Outweighs the Bad

Beyond a new corporate tax rate, the House and Senate versions have major repercussions for U.S. companies with overseas operations
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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 05:30

Multinational corporations have a lot to like in both the House and Senate tax-overhaul proposals. Depending on a company’s structure and operations, there could be a lot to worry about as well.

How Do America’s CEOs Feel About the Tax Plans? They’re Watching the Details

Business leaders say corporate-tax rate cut wouldn’t change investment plans, but many are watching key provisions
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 19:45

WASHINGTON—While lawmakers in the House and Senate craft dueling versions of tax-overhaul legislation, battling over corporate tax rates and rules for overseas income, corporate chiefs at a gathering across town are sweating some of the smaller stuff.

Businesses Push Workers to Mobilize Before Tax Revamp

Companies and trade groups turn their tax wish-lists into talking points as federal tax overhaul looms
Original publication date: 
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 20:19

OMAHA, Neb.—In the parking lot outside Elliott Equipment Co.’s manufacturing plant here last month, more than a hundred employees gathered in front of a banner-bedecked truck, its raised boom flying an American flag 30 feet overhead, to hear from the company’s chief executive and the local congressman.

Pension Plans Take Healthy Turn --- Rising Markets Aid Big Firms' Funds; Failure Risk Lessens

Original publication date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 (All day)

After years of steep underfunding, pension plans are now healthy, thanks to several years of double-digit investment gains and rising interest rates, separate studies from benefits consultants suggest.

Deferred-Pay-Plan Proposal Still Leaves Some Loopholes

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Friday, October 11, 2002 (All day)

Until recently, executive deferred-compensation plans largely escaped scrutiny by regulators. That changed after Enron Corp. filed for bankruptcy late last year, and court documents showed that some Enron executives had withdrawn millions of dollars from their accounts just before the Chapter 11 filing.

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