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NFTC Statement on Administration’s International Tax Proposals
Date: 5/4/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Vice President for Tax Policy Cathy Schultz today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s release of its international tax proposals.

“During a time of economic stagnation when all attention should be focused on developing policies that stimulate U.S. competitiveness and job creation, the Administration’s proposals are counterproductive. The international tax provisions announced today would saddle U.S.-based multinational companies with what amounts to a tax increase at a time when they are doing all they can to remain competitive and protect and grow U.S. jobs.

“U.S.-based multinationals employ millions of Americans and drive economic growth. The important message that our companies have to be internationally competitive and meet worldwide demand for their goods and services to fuel the U.S. economy and domestic employment seems to have been lost on the Administration.

“We are disappointed that today’s announcement did not mention reforming the corporate tax rate, which is the second highest in the world. The tax provisions proposed today would just pile on an additional tax, jeopardizing U.S.-based multinational companies’ ability to compete both here and overseas.”

The National Foreign Trade Council is a leading member of the business community’s Promote America’s Competitive Edge (PACE) Coalition, which was launched today. For more information visit

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Advancing Global Commerce for 95 Years -The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.