09.24.12, 08:30–The Knesset’s Finance Committee on Sunday approved a Finance Ministry proposal for the handling of “trapped profits” earned by multinational firms that is expected to add NIS 3 billion (roughly $771 million) to government tax revenue.
Trapped profits are profits earned by multinational firms after they had been provided with tax incentives to invest in Israel. The ministry has been seeking to give the firms incentives to repatriate some of those profits and generate tax revenue for the government.
Israel’s law for the encouragement of capital investment granted tax exemptions for companies setting up plants in Israel but required them to pay corporate taxes if they decided to distribute a dividend from the profits earned while they were exempt from paying taxes. Many of these companies refrained from distributing dividends to avoid taxation.
Under the Finance Ministry’s amendment to the law approved by the Finance Committee, the higher the amount of profit transferred abroad by these companies, the higher the tax benefit they will receive.
The proposal, which still needs final approval by the full parliament, would enable multinationals to pay only 40-70% of the amount of taxes they would have owed, although no less than a 6% corporate tax rate…Read More>>