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Congress should revise corporate tax code

Opinion: Burger King wants American taxpayers to buy its burgers and essentially pay its taxes

I appreciated Donald K. Heck's letter to the editor, "In the wake of Burger King deal, change tax laws," and I could not agree more!

Burger King wants the American taxpayer to continue to buy its burgers and now essentially pay for its taxes on the profits. We could boycott Burger King, but why not also boycott the real culprits — the incumbents in the do-nothing Congress, who have left an ancient tax code on the shelf in our globalized world.

Congress allowed other countries to take our jobs when it approved unfair trade agreements. Now, it is allowing other countries to take our corporations, which can go anywhere in search of tax rates lower than our noncompetitive 35 percent (although effective rates are much lower).

Tax experts have consistently suggested a nominal 15 percent rate and a special 5 percent rate to bring back all those billions of dollars earned and shelved overseas. And what is wrong with a surtax on corporations that still find it more attractive to move their headquarters and personnel to a foreign country?

Thomas C. Miller

Bethlehem

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