Politics

Business lobby and some Democrats voice opposition to Obama’s crackdown on offshore tax havens.

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Yesterday, the Obama administration announced “a major offensive against businesses and wealthy individuals who avoid U.S. taxes by parking cash overseas.” Predictably, the business lobby immediately cried foul over the changes, claiming that they will destroy businesses and “eliminate American jobs.” But Congressional roadblocks have also emerged:

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, called for “further study” of Obama’s proposals within minutes of the president’s announcement yesterday. Representative Joseph Crowley, a Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said he’s wary because the tax changes would hurt Citigroup Inc., his New York district’s largest private-sector employer.

The Wonk Room provides some facts to help inform “wary” Democrats.