ICYMI: New Op-Ed Makes Case for Raising Corporate Taxes to Tame Profiteering & Inflation

May 17, 2024


The 2025 tax fight presents an opportunity to re-visit the corporate tax rate and get Americans their money back

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a new op-ed published this week in Other Words, Groundwork Collaborative Executive Director Lindsay Owens argued that when the Trump tax law begins to expire in 2025, Congress should take the opportunity to raise the corporate tax rate and stop the profiteering that’s squeezed family budgets during the inflation crisis:

“Wall Street tycoons and CEOs didn’t take the heat of inflation — they fanned its flames and families got burned. It’s no wonder people overwhelmingly favor a tax code that’s no longer rigged for corporations, especially as they struggle with high prices.

“Congress raising the corporate tax rate in 2025 is an opportunity to recoup some of the truly obscene profits corporate America raked in during this period of economic upheaval for American families. It’s time Americans got their money back.”

You can read the full op-ed here. Email press@groundworkcollaborative.org to arrange an interview with Lindsay Owens.


“While inflation hamstrung workers and families, it didn’t make a dent in corporate profits. In fact, as many CEOs boasted themselves, it’s been a boon. Companies simply passed rising costs along to consumers — and then some, bringing in record profits as a result.”

“All told, corporate profit margins skyrocketed to 70 year-highs. And by the end of 2023, when Americans were beyond fed up, after-tax corporate profits hit an all-time record high of $2.8 trillion. My organization, Groundwork Collaborative, recently found that corporate profits drove over 50 percent of inflation in the second and third quarters of last year.”

“But why would a change in the corporate tax rate unleash the kind of rampant corporate profiteering we saw in the aftermath of the pandemic? Simple: It’s a lot more fun to gouge customers when you get to keep more of what you pull in.”

“Corporations did well from Trump’s corporate tax cuts, with executives getting big raises and shareholders receiving big buybacks. But the real bonus came when inflation hit. Corporations used the cover of supply chain issues and broader inflation to hike prices more than their higher input costs justified — and they didn’t have to worry about their tax bill.”

“Our tax code is exacerbating some of the worst corporate excesses, effectively ‘subsidizing corporate price gouging,’ as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) described it recently. But it’s not only that low tax rates incentivize companies to overcharge. Rock-bottom tax rates also make collusion more profitable, as we saw with Pioneer Oil.”