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the US corporate tax should be zero anyway.

Oh baloney. They use services. They should pay a commensurate amount for them. Corporations use the courts, they use the patent office, copyright protections. They use the fire and police departments; the military protects their interests just as much (*more!) than individuals. They use the roads to transit goods, they have regulations which insure transparent markets (or so goes the theory) and a host more.

Companies are funded with after-tax dollars the vast majority of the time and the owners hand lenders pay tax on their gains, dividends, and interest.

My life is funded with after-tax dollars which I spend, it apparently needs to be pointed out, on goods and services which those same corporations produce. I would have no problem if you were proposing that I should pay no taxes, even though I consume government services, and corporations should pay the entire cost of running the country, but that would be a ridiculous concept to every thinking person, just as letting corporations free-ride is.

Taxes, with a few exceptions, are imposed when money changes hands. I pay taxes on dividends and interest when I receive them. I pay interest on gains only when I take them. Ongoing property taxes and a couple of other taxation artifacts, are reimposed year after year on the same property, but that is an exception. Corporations pay taxes on their profits, although I believe they should pay it on their income, just as people do. If that’s not a good idea, then corporations are not people, and should not have the same rights conferred.

This is not so hard to understand. If you create costs for others, you should help defray those costs. So it is with corporations - as well as people.
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