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Rubio, Colleagues Urge Foreign Relations Committee to Take Action on U.S.-Chile Tax Agreement

Dec 7, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Richard Burr (R-NC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Boozman (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rick Scott (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT), James Inhofe (R-OK), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) sent a letter to Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Jim Risch (R-ID), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, urging them to prioritize the U.S.-Chile bilateral tax treaty by scheduling a committee vote on this important agreement. 
 
In their letter, the senators noted that “the U.S.-Chile bilateral tax treaty was negotiated between the U.S. and Chile in 2010, but the Senate has yet to give its consent to ratification.”
 
“The Treaty is vitally important to U.S. foreign direct investment in Chile,” the senators wrote. “Without ratification of the Treaty, Chilean tax rates are due to increase on U.S. companies’ Chilean operations and could reach a rate of 44.45 percent.”
 
“Failure to ratify the treaty could significantly reduce investments by U.S. companies in Chile, weakening the U.S. economy,” they warned.
 
Rubio is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
 
The full text of the letter is below. 
 
Dear Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Risch:
 
We urge you to prioritize the U.S.-Chile bilateral tax treaty this year by scheduling a committee vote on this important agreement.  
 
As you know, the U.S.-Chile bilateral tax treaty was negotiated between the U.S. and Chile in 2010, but the Senate has yet to give its consent to ratification. The Treaty is vitally important to U.S. foreign direct investment in Chile. Without ratification of the Treaty, Chilean tax rates are due to increase on U.S. companies’ Chilean operations and could reach a rate of 44.45 percent. By comparison, the Chilean operations of multinational companies headquartered in countries with treaties in force, such as China, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, would continue to enjoy the current Chilean rate of 35 percent. 
 
Further, the Treaty would benefit U.S. companies, and a growing number of Chilean companies who operate in a variety of sectors, and are eager to increase their investments in the U.S. These investments have the potential to create thousands of jobs. Failure to ratify the treaty could significantly reduce investments by U.S. companies in Chile and weaken the U.S. economy.
 
In order to strengthen the economy and protect U.S. company investments, we ask for your support to ensure the prompt ratification of the U.S.-Chile Tax Treaty. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter and we look forward to working with you to ensure timely ratification.
 
Sincerely,