Jeff Bezos says he supports a hike to corporate tax rate


Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday voiced help for elevating the corporate tax rate however stopped wanting saying he supports President Joe Biden’s plan for the rise.

“We support the Biden Administration’s focus on making bold investments in American infrastructure,” Bezos mentioned in a assertion. “We recognize this investment will require concessions from all sides — both on the specifics of what’s included as well as how it gets paid for (we’re supportive of a rise in the corporate tax rate).”

Last week, Biden unveiled a greater than $2 trillion package deal that outlines sweeping upgrades to the nation’s bridges, roads, public transport and airports, amongst different transportation infrastructure. It additionally included investments in look after aged and disabled Americans, constructing and retrofitting reasonably priced housing and advancing American manufacturing and job-training efforts, amongst different targets.

To fund the package deal, Biden has proposed mountaineering the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%. The corporate tax rate had been minimize below President Donald Trump to 21% from 35% as a part of a 2017 tax regulation.

Bezos’ help for a tax enhance is notable provided that Amazon has beforehand confronted scrutiny over its tax report, together with from Biden. Last May, Biden, then a presidential candidate, told CNBC that Amazon “should start paying their taxes.”

Biden singled out Amazon once more final week throughout an tackle in Pittsburgh, slamming the corporate for utilizing “various loopholes so they’d pay not a single solitary penny in federal income tax.”

In response, Amazon’s prime spokesperson, Jay Carney, said in a tweet: “If the R&D Tax Credit is a ‘loophole,’ it’s certainly one Congress strongly intended. The R&D Tax credit has existed since 1981, was extended 15 times with bi-partisan support and was made permanent in 2015 in a law signed by President Obama.”

After paying $0 in U.S. federal revenue tax for 2 years, Amazon paid $162 million in federal revenue taxes in 2019. The firm, which advantages from a number of tax credit and deductions, reported whole income final yr of $386 billion.

— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.

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