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US Senate Passes GOP Tax Bill; Pressure on India to Reduce Corporate Tax in Budget 2018

US Senate Passes GOP Tax Bill; Pressure on India to Reduce Corporate Tax in Budget 2018

The United States Senate passed the GOP tax bill with 51-49 votes slashing corporate tax. Pressure can mount on India in the upcoming budget session to reduce taxes in corporate sector.

US Senate Passes GOP Tax Bill Reducing Corporate Taxes

The Republicans in the senate exchanged heated arguments during their debate on corporate tax bill. Later the bill was passed by 51-49 majority giving the Trump administration a taste of success that wants to finalize the bill by the end of 2017 giving them a major success after an year completion in the White House.

The new bill has reduced corporate tax by 15% making it to 20% from earlier 35%. Many experts believe that this is a very big step and it will further boost the already growing US economy. President Trump has already tweeted about it the following morning.

The major reason behind reducing the tax rates was to stop the shifting of corporate from US resulting in job loss. Many big businesses have shifted from USA to China because of high tax rates and Donald Trump made this a big issue in the presidential elections last year.

India Under Pressure to Reduce Corporate Tax

The Indian government has taken some good steps in improving business conditions in India. The 100th rank in ease of doing business was one such example. Given the global competition, India has to do lot more in making the nation a business destination.

The Government has recently set up a task force to draft a new direct tax code. The earlier tax code of 2010 lapsed after the dissolution of Lok Sabha and after the GST experience government does not want to pick up the old code. Although the new code will not be coming before 2019 elections due to political reasons but surely an achievable item if the Modi government repeats its term. The government is aiming to bring some structural changes in direct taxes. It may consider making the law simpler for both individuals and businesses. FM Arun Jaitley had already promised to reduce corporate taxes to 25% in 5 years for all corporates.

India presently has a 30% corporate tax with additional cess and surcharge. This Fiscal year the government gave some relief for the corporates with turnover less than 50 crores by slashing corporate tax rate to 25%. This is one step towards Modi government’s corporate tax relief promised in first budget but there is a lot do.

India’s major competitor China has a corporate tax rate of 25% in general while some corporates have 15% tax rates given encouragement by the Chinese Government. To improve this, the Indian government should definitely take the right step further to attract businesses in India. This might be another reason

China’s policy on business is quite better than that of India and that is why major businesses land up in China rather than India. For being a $5 trillion economy by 2024 India should go for a major reform in corporate sector and that can come by a simplified and reduced corporate tax in the upcoming budget.



  1. Karl Hensel

    December 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    This U.S administration is a fraud criminal enterprise. The Republicans and POTUS are on a mission to transform a democracy into a plutocracy with the guidance of Putin and Russia.

    Without a doubt, the Trump regime has taken pages from Putin rise to power by influencing the business community, controlling the press and getting a firm hand on the DOJ.

    The appeal of course is that all who kiss the ring of Trump will be given shares of everything. It is corruption run wild. There are no Republicans that will face the public attack of this President. Cowards, all of them.

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