Reading Off the Same Page

The Harvard Crimson

One of the oft-overlooked aspects of President George W. Bush’s plan to provide dividend tax relief is the selective awarding of those benefits to shareholders of corporations that pay federal taxes. In other words, firms that report profits to capital markets but don’t report profits to tax authorities, an increasingly common outcome, wouldn’t share in the benefits. In the process, comparisons between the income reported to capital markets and tax authorities would become much more transparent.