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U.S. Policymakers Gird for Rash of Corporate Expatriations

In this April 3, 2014, photo, clouds hang over the Capitol in Washington. Democrats from the Capitol to the White House are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. But while the bill is partly designed to energize the party’s core voters, it stands little chance of surviving a showdown vote Wednesday, April 9, in the Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this April 3, 2014, photo, clouds hang over the Capitol in Washington. Democrats from the Capitol to the White House are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. But while the bill is partly designed to energize the party’s core voters, it stands little chance of surviving a showdown vote Wednesday, April 9, in the Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

(The Washington Post) – Washington policymakers are bracing for a wave of corporations to renounce their U.S. citizenship over the next few months, depriving the federal government of billions of dollars in tax revenue and stoking public outrage ahead of the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

So far this year, about a dozen U.S. companies — including such well-known brands as Medtronic medical devices and Chiquita bananas — have merged with foreign firms and shifted their headquarters offshore to avoid U.S. taxes, analysts say.

Dozens of additional deals are in the works, according to administration and congressional officials, and other companies are quietly contemplating the move. Last month, CVS Caremark chief executive Larry Merlo met with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and urged him to act to stop the rash of expatriations. Otherwise, Schumer said that Merlo warned him, CVS “might be forced to do it, too,” to duck a total tax bill expected this year to approach 40 percent.

“There’s a huge number coming,” Schumer said in an interview. “We hear there are going to be several big announcements in August.”

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