Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mitchell. Murphy. Head to Head Nov 3 in Montreal: Corporate Tax on Trial

On Nov 3, there will be a big conference in Montreal on the topic of tax cooperation and competition with presentations by political, business, and academic leaders from around the world; program at the link and I'll post more info soon. A highlight of the day will be a formal debate between Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute and Richard Murphy of Tax Research UK, on the topic of corporate taxation: continue it, change it, abolish it? These two titans will debate three resolutions:
  1. First, be it resolved that: the current approach to corporate taxation is a necessary and appropriate means of raising tax revenue.
  2. Second, be it resolved that: corporate taxation is fundamental to preserve personal taxation.
  3. Third, be it resolved that: To the extent that governments tax corporate income, they should do so comprehensively, and not use tax incentives to favour selected types of investment or commerce.
It likely goes without saying that arguing on the “affirming side” of each resolution will be Richard Murphy; arguing on the “opposing side” of each resolution will be Dan Mitchell; the debaters are free to interpret the resolutions broadly and form their arguments accordingly. Evidence from all jurisdictions will be admissible. The debate will be moderated and judged by two eminent judges: Louise Otis (OECD Admin Tribunal & McGill Law) and Jay Rosengard (Harvard Kennedy School of Business). The emphasis will be on persuasive, clear and logical argumentation. This promises to be a lively debate. Registration information for the conference is here.


  1. I'm based in Montreal (UdeM), and even if the theme of this conference falls squarely in my research interests, I had not heard of the event until now. So thanks for the heads up!

    Also, I've been following your blog for a while, so it'll be nice to hear you speak in person.


    Vincent Arel-Bundock

    1. Very glad to have alerted you, I'll be presenting on a panel with Peter Dietsch of UdeM among others. See you there!

  2. Montreal always gets all the fun