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Thursday, 22nd September 2005

Attention G-7 Leaders: Investment Taxes Can Harm Your Nations’ Health

Investment Tax Rates
Source: C.D. Howe Institute
Attention G-7 Leaders: Investment Taxes Can Harm Your Nations’ Health (PDF; 64 KB)
"The most favourable tax regimes for investment are in Hong Kong, Ireland,
Iceland, Singapore, Slovakia and, perhaps surprisingly, Sweden. These countries’ corporate income tax rates are low, and in the case of Sweden, businesses are allowed fast write-offs for capital investment. Low effective tax rates on capital attract foreign direct investment, which, as a share of GDP, is relatively high in Ireland (18.2 percent), Singapore (14.1 percent), Hong Kong (15.2 percent) and Sweden (8.2 percent). This compares favourably to Canada and Germany, for example, where foreign direct investment is 3.8 and 2.7 percent of GDP."



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