U.S. Tax Code Encourages Companies To Rack Up Debt

10/07/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • David Cho Washington Post

Over the past generation, debt in America has exploded, becoming a way of life in nearly every sphere of society. And the tax code has been its handmaiden. Home buyers, towns and corporations all enjoy tax breaks that grow as they borrow more. Indeed, federal officials have found that the deductions for business debt are so generous that the government is, in many cases, essentially paying companies to borrow.

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