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Tax loopholes: Congress fiddles while Treasury burns

Corporate “inversions,” as they’re known in accounting parlance, are transactions in which U.S. corporations take over smaller foreign rivals from low-tax countries and allow those rivals to replace the American firm as parent of the corporate group. On paper, the new entity — though controlled by Americans and headquartered in America — appears to be foreign, and thereby can avoid paying U.S. corporate tax.

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