2014 is shaping up to be the year of the tax inversion. That thing that you never heard of before is now the talk of the nation. Companies are lining up to escape the tax burden imposed by the U.S. The most recently rumored defection: Burger King is in talks to acquire the chain of Canadian coffee and doughnut emporiums, Tim Hortons, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
"The purpose behind the considered Horton -- Burger King inversion would be to relocate the country of incorporation for Burger King from the United States to Canada," says attorney Matthew Reischer, CEO of LegalAdvice.com.
"U.S. multinationals argue that they are merely fulfilling their fiduciary duty to maximize shareholders' profits through an inversion strategy while many policy makers, pundits and politicians worry that such strategies, while legal, undermine a rich tax base for the U.S. government," he says.
According to a recent Bloomberg article, "Tax inversion: How U.S. companies buy tax breaks," about 41 American companies have skipped to low-tax countries since 1982. Twelve of those tax inversions occurred after 2012 and 8 companies plan to pull the switcheroo this year.
Tax inversions: unpatriotic move or is it just business as usual?
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