Taxation and Operations Abroad

Taxation and Operations Abroad

Taxation and Operations Abroad

Taxation and Operations Abroad

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The expansion of American business abroad has created new tax problems--and opportunities--for management. The same applies to our government. Issues which until recently affected only few businesses and small amounts of revenue have already become too obviously important to be ignored. Also, they are too obviously complicated to be handled adequately with the knowledge and the instruments available to most, or all, of us. Many managements and their counsel have little or no experience with foreign tax problems. Few voters, and perhaps few members of Congress, have the facts and the analyses on the basis of which they can make policy recommendations and decisions with confident assurance that the public interest will be served as well as possible.

This symposium is the third in the Tax Institute's series of meetings on "The Impact of Taxation on Management Responsibility" which was inaugurated in 1958. It was planned to advance the general understanding of the management and of the public policy aspects of the taxation of foreign business and investment. A reading of the papers and the discussion confirms the impressions gained during the sessions. Men with wide and varied experience, with outlooks and interests which range over a broad area, examine important problems together. None of us, I am sure, came away without having learned much. The same, we hope, will be true of the reader.

On behalf of the Program Committee, I want to thank all participants. Generous and intelligent efforts of the kind evidenced here have a vital, if not easily identified, role in furthering progress in business and government. As in previous years . . .

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