Category: Covidien

How Much Revenue The U.S. Is Losing Through Tax Inversions, And How Much Worse It May Get

Yesterday was quite a day for corporate tax geeks. We saw a corporate tax inversion that comes with a long, Baroque history; an estimate by Reed College economist Kim Clausing that inversions and other income-shifting techniques reduced Treasury revenues by as much as $111 billion in 2012; and a new… – Continue reading

Doing the maths: how real is Ireland’s economic growth?

Official Irish statistics are being fattened up by massive tax inversions and the re-registering of companies, warns Dan White The ESRI estimates that the Irish economy grew by 6.7pc in 2015 and is forecasting GDP growth of 4.8pc for this year. GNP, which is generally regarded as a better measurement… – Continue reading

US ‘tax inversion’ deals skew Ireland’s FDI numbers

A spate of so-called “tax inversion” deals involving companies based in Ireland appears to be distorting the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) numbers, The Irish Times reports. An OECD report suggests investment by Irish firms abroad more than doubled to US$75 billion in the first half of 2015. The study… – Continue reading

Could Medtronic Move R&D To Ireland For Tax Purposes?

With Medtronic being one of Ireland’s largest employers, analysts say there is a new incentive for the medical device maker to prioritize its Dublin headquarters for R&D. In the eyes of developed nations, Ireland has become notorious for baiting multinational firms to its land with the offer of friendly tax… – Continue reading

Medtronic’s buying spree continues with Calif. company

In its latest corporate acquisition, the Minnesota-run medical devicemaker Medtronic PLC announced it has paid $110 million for a California company whose products secure artificial patches inside weakened aortic arteries. Aptus Endosystems of Sunnyvale, Calif., makes a system that inserts tiny screws to anchor a tube-shaped graft implant that lines… – Continue reading

How an Obscure Tax Loophole Brought Down Obama’s Treasury Nominee

(Bloomberg) -– So how did the previously obscure term tax inversions become part of Washington parlance, fodder for the next presidential campaign and the issue that helped derail a U.S. Treasury nominee? Thank, or blame, depending on your perspective, cutting-edge tax lawyers, populist Democrats, a banana seller, a drugmaker, a… – Continue reading

Shareholders Approve Medtronic-Covidien Deal

Medtronic Inc. took one step closer to becoming an Irish company when shareholders voted in favor of acquiring Dublin-based medical supply maker Covidien Ltd. Covidien shareholders similarly voted on the deal early today and also approved it. The acquisition now goes before the Irish High Court, which may take several… – Continue reading

Minnesota investment board withholds support of Medtronic-Covidien deal

Critics said the deal would allow Medtronic avoid taxes while providing preferential treatment to executives. The promise of 1,000 new Minnesota jobs was not enough to convince the state’s pension board to support a $48 billion corporate transaction that will move Medtronic’s legal headquarters overseas. A four-member subcommittee of the… – Continue reading

Inversions Are Often Last Stop for Avoiding U.S. Taxes

The surge in U.S. companies avoiding taxes by taking a foreign address has been condemned by President Barack Obama and stirred a policy debate in Congress. What’s often overlooked is that these “inversions” are typically a final step in a hopscotch of multinational tax dodging. Many companies invert after years… – Continue reading

Medtronic Takes On Debt For Covidien Inversion

The medical device manufacturer Medtronic has launched a USD17bn bond to finance part of its USD43bn corporate inversion acquisition of Ireland-based Covidien, in replacement of the cash held by its foreign subsidiaries that it was prevented from using following the United States Department of Treasury’s announcement of anti-inversion measures in… – Continue reading

Medtronic Acquisition of Covidien Receives U.S. FTC Clearance

WASHINGTON–U. S. authorities on Wednesday approved Medtronic Inc.’s$43 billion merger with fellow medical device maker Covidien PLC after requiring the spinoff of a drug-coated catheter business. The Federal Trade Commission required Minneapolis-based Medtronic to sell off Ireland-based Covidien’s catheter business before completing the acquisition. That $30 million sale, to Colorado-based… – Continue reading

There’s $2.1 Trillion Sitting Overseas, How Do We Get It Back on American Soil?

Companies based in the United States now have over $2.1 trillion stashed overseas shielded from U.S. taxes. That’s a sixfold increase in 12 years, NBC News reported citing research provided by Capital Economics. Generally, the U.S. tax policy allows companies based in the country to defer any tax obligation on… – Continue reading

Medical supplies group used Irish firm in tax deal

Covidien transferred right to $6.9bn loan to new entity Multinational medical supplies group, Covidien, transferred the right to loans totalling $6.9 billion from Luxembourg to a new Irish company as part of an elaborate inter-group tax planning arrangement agreed with the Luxembourg tax authorities in 2009. Under the deal, the… – Continue reading

Minnesota companies shelter billions in cash from U.S. taxes

Foreign profits sit on sidelines as companies seek tax reform. WASHINGTON — They are all companies that call Minnesota home: Medtronic, 3M, St. Jude Medical, General Mills and Ecolab. But they also all hold 90 percent or more of their cash outside the United States. Amid a growing national political… – Continue reading

Tax-Lowering Deals Keep Coming as Steris Unfazed

The U.S. government’s attempt to prevent companies from seeking a tax address outside the country hasn’t stopped Steris Corp. (STE) The Mentor, Ohio-based provider of hospital sterilization products and services announced today that it will buy the smaller Synergy Health Plc (SYR) and establish the combined company’s tax address to… – Continue reading

Medtronic To Go Ahead With Covidien Deal Despite Reduced Tax Benefits

Medtronic announced last week that it will go ahead with its Covidien buyout despite a recent notification by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service discouraging tax-avoiding corporate inversion deals. Per the new guidelines, companies will not be able to avoid paying U.S. taxes when accessing… – Continue reading

US Tax Inversion Planners Respond To Treasury Measures

The non-legislative measures put forward by the Treasury Department on September 22, to deter multinationals from using corporate inversions to move their tax residence abroad and move away from the high United States tax rate, have so far produced a mixed bag of results. The measures are aimed at preventing… – Continue reading

New US Tax Rules Chill ‘Inversion’ Deal-Making

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Sept 23, (Agencies): Tough new US rules on corporate “inversions” on Tuesday sent a chill through the market for the tax-avoidance deals, both pending and potential, with share prices falling sharply in nearly a dozen companies on both sides of the Atlantic. As investors sold stocks involved in inversions,… – Continue reading

U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance ‘inversion’ deals

(Reuters) – Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb “inversion” deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad. The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have… – Continue reading

Broken levy: How U.S. tax law encourages inversions

An innocuously named species of transaction has inspired a political furor this summer. After a number of U.S. companies announced plans to move overseas in so-called inversion deals, Sen. Carl Levin proposed banning them outright. President Barack Obama called the companies unpatriotic. Because of the controversy, Walgreen Co. backed away… – Continue reading

Powerful GOP leaders linked to tax-avoidance

WASHINGTON — Two top Republican lawmakers profited from a corporate tax-avoidance maneuver that the Treasury Department is seeking to curb. While House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, Mich., have resisted calls for a crackdown on companies adopting overseas addresses to pay lower taxes,… – Continue reading