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PostSubject: Globalist corporation Apple pays virtually NO tax in any country    Wed 22 May 2013, 20:32

Globalist corporation Apple pays virtually NO tax in any country

(NaturalNews) Despite being one of the top electronics corporations in
the world, Apple, Inc. has been paying no corporate income taxes to any
country overseas in which Apple does business, even though it has earned
tens of billions of dollars.

The finding, unearthed by U.S.
Senate investigators, comes as the debate over whether the U.S. tax code
needs overhauled heats up, The Wall Street Journal reported May 20.

from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, who
performed a lengthy examination of Apple's tax practices, revealed all
of their findings at a hearing May 21. The tech giant's chief executive,
Tim Cook, prepared testimony for the hearing, in which he proposed
"changes to a tax code that provides American companies strong
incentives to keep overseas earnings bottled up at foreign
subsidiaries," the Journal reported.

Just what is Apple's 'fair share?'

From the paper:

used technicalities in Irish and American tax law to pay little or no
corporate taxes on at least $74 billion over the past four years,
according to the Senate panel's findings. The investigation found no
evidence that Apple did anything illegal. Aides to the subcommittee said
they have never seen a company use a subsidiary that didn't owe
corporate income taxes to any country.

The global tech
corporation did not dispute that it set up entities which in turn paid
no corporate taxes. But Apple officials nonetheless denied such entities
were specifically set up to avoid paying taxes.
They added that Apple pays local taxes on all overseas earnings, as
well as U.S. taxes on all investment income at its subsidiaries in

Also, company execs pointed to an "extraordinary" amount
of corporate income taxes it does pay - $6 billion in 2012 alone, the
Journal reported - and that Apple's effective federal cash tax
rate last year was 30.5 percent - not far below the statutory rate of
35 percent, which is one of the highest corporate tax rates in the
developed world.

But even those explanations did not satisfy some lawmakers.

they often leave out is the second part of the story, that Apple is one
of the largest tax avoiders," Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) told the
paper. He went onto say that Apple is the "most egregious offender"
among U.S. corporations who are trying to avoid higher tax bills.

comparison, General Electric had a 14.4 percent "consolidated effective
income-tax rate and paid $3.2 billion in cash income taxes globally
last year," the paper said.

Previously, the subcommittee has
singled out Hewlett Packard, another tech company, for establishing
chains of short-term loans designed to make use of the company's foreign
subsidiaries' cash at home for the purposes of avoiding taxes. And the
panel has called out Microsoft, another tech giant, "for shifting
intellectual property - and the income that follows - to subsidiaries in
Singapore, Ireland and Puerto Rico," said the paper.

All the companies - Apple, HP and Microsoft - have said their actions are legal and comply fully with existing tax laws.

panel's most recent report centers on units that Apple has established
in Cork, Ireland - long the company's base of operations for Europe, the
Middle East, Africa, India, Asia and the Pacific. Those units are out
of reach of the IRS, which considers corporations American only if they
are incorporated within the United States.

Under Irish tax law,
however, only companies that are managed and controlled in the small
European nation are considered residents of that country; Apple's
entities there are actually managed from the U.S. As a result, Apple
pays little or no taxes to neither the U.S. nor Ireland on much of its
revenue that has been earned outside U.S. borders.

reporting net income of $30 billion over the four-year period 2009 to
2012, Apple Operations International paid no corporate income taxes to
any national government during that period," the panel's report said.

execs told the Senate panel they didn't think the overseas subsidiary,
Apple Operations International, "qualifies as a tax resident of any
other country under the applicable local laws." And while technically
that may be true, clearly the company is taking advantage of tax-law
loopholes to avoid paying.

U.S. corporations get a break as it is

of such skirting of tax liability, a number of countries have begun
examining their tax laws in order to ensure they are paid taxes they
believe they are due from companies operating on their soil. That only
seems fair.

At 35 percent, the U.S. corporate tax rate is lower only than that of Japan: 39.5 percent. But, according to The New York Times, that rate is not as bad as it seems:

by taking advantage of myriad breaks and loopholes that other countries
generally do not offer, United States corporations pay only slightly
more on average than their counterparts in other industrial countries.
And some American corporations use aggressive strategies to pay less -
often far less - than their competitors abroad and at home.

answer? A flat tax or fair tax, and an elimination of the loopholes
Congress creates in order to win over certain political constituencies.
Anything that would defund and power-down the IRS would be a good thing.

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