Senate Accuses Apple of Not Paying Billions in Taxes

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bigshootr8

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This is interesting however as much as I dislike apple they are not doing anything illegal they are allowed to place there money elsewhere to avoid having to pay taxes. People everyday do things to minimize the amount of taxes they will take on this isn't illegal if its within code its within code. If anything I would like to see companies brought in for suing over patents left and right and getting over it.
 

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I don't like Apple as much as the next guy but they're playing by the rules. Make US tax law easier to deal with if you want don't want people going overseas. If the US Senate is really concerned about the money they're losing from the people that are paying for the office they hold then they should just drop the corporate tax rate and simplify the tax code, not only would the US companies bring their overseas accounts over but they'd pick up a few others as well.
 

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Or in other words: "congress wastes taxpayer money to deliberate in excruciating detail the degree to which they don't understand the tax code that they signed off on."
 

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i don't understand how subjective the tax code is. like you either owe your fair share or you don't. no accusations required. just look at the evidence. make a simple T chart, if they owe, they owe. if they don't, they don't. enough of this drivel fueled by partisanship.
 

dietrich1

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i don't understand how subjective the tax code is. like you either owe your fair share or you don't. no accusations required. just look at the evidence. make a simple T chart, if they owe, they owe. if they don't, they don't. enough of this drivel fueled by partisanship.
 

smokeybravo

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We're such small men in such a big game. Instead of violence and coersion, those in power are subduing the masses through friendliness and an abundance of cheap pleasures. The only voice you have is the dollar in your pocket, and it's a very very quiet voice. Besides, who's to say we wouldn't do the same? This is the world we live in.
 

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Or in other words: "congress wastes taxpayer money to deliberate in excruciating detail the degree to which they don't understand the tax code that they signed off on."
 

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US taxes global income, not just US income. Moving money to other countries to hide from the IRS is tax dodging, plain and simple.
 

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They might not doing anything illegal in the USA, however they are in places like Australia (and others I just cant remember what ones). The other thing is this needs to get stamped out and the US senate is a good place to start. The way the economy is in the world company's that are hording cash and not paying tax's is really make any "world" recovery difficult. Its not just Apple, but why not target the biggest first.
 

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Since the Supreme Court has made it legal for companies to spend unlimited funds to buy an election, in return they have made tax loop holes available to avoid paying taxes for all wealthy Americans and companies alike. The Congress and the Senate could easily end the Tax Loop Holes, which are primarily for the wealthy tax cheaters, but only talk about how it would be a form of a tax raise. The wealthy only pay for what they want to pay because they have the power to elect whoever they want in office to make sure they pay less than what is expected. Since insider stock trading is legal for senators and congressmen alike, they showed a very cooperative partnership with Wall Street during every financial crisis because they want special treatment too. Who can get elected in the federal branch without the money to put attacking ads on TV to sway voter opinion or to show that they exist? 20/20 showed years ago that 1% of the wealthiest Americans sue the IRS every year and that the IRS settles for 7% of what they really owe the Federal Government. Only the diminishing middle class must make up for the lost revenue from these tax loop holes and all those foreign workers that are making the products we buy and taking the jobs away at the same time. They don’t even count many of the abuses in our system as part of the trillion dollar per year tax loop hole figure.
 

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Since the Supreme Court has made it legal for companies to spend unlimited funds to buy an election, in return they have made tax loop holes available to avoid paying taxes for all wealthy Americans and companies alike. The Congress and the Senate could easily end the Tax Loop Holes, which are primarily for the wealthy tax cheaters, but only talk about how it would be a form of a tax raise. The wealthy only pay for what they want to pay because they have the power to elect whoever they want in office to make sure they pay less than what is expected. Since insider stock trading is legal for senators and congressmen alike, they showed a very cooperative partnership with Wall Street during every financial crisis because they want special treatment too. Who can get elected in the federal branch without the money to put attacking ads on TV to sway voter opinion or to show that they exist? 20/20 showed years ago that 1% of the wealthiest Americans sue the IRS every year and that the IRS settles for 7% of what they really owe the Federal Government. Only the diminishing middle class must make up for the lost revenue from these tax loop holes and all those foreign workers that are making the products we buy and taking the jobs away at the same time. They don’t even count many of the abuses in our system as part of the trillion dollar per year tax loop hole figure.
 

zubikov

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Or in other words: "congress wastes taxpayer money to deliberate in excruciating detail the degree to which they don't understand the tax code that they signed off on."
 

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The stuff Apple and others is not merely "putting their money elsewhere" but exploiting a cascade of loopholes to bring their taxable revenue close to zero.
If normal people tried to pull that off, the revenue agencies would likely clean them out. Large companies manage to get away with it because they have enough legal resources to go head-to-head against governments and probably win on technicalities.
Companies want all the benefits of being headquartered in the USA without the tax burden that is supposed to come with it and with the financial crisis that has been going on for a while now, many people have become aware that this is not sustainable and needs to stop.
 

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If you look at Apple's profits about 30% of them come from their tax dodging practices in recent years. When you're the size of Apple you can buy your own loop holes through their shills in Congress.
Not only do they need to go after Apple they need to throw the book at the lobbyists that funded these loop holes in the first place, and the congressmen/women that accepted the bribes.
 

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Well, the US needs more money to keep it alive before total collapse. And, how do they do that? They go after big companies that have offshore accounts and don't pay enough tax. I say, this is the way it should have been long ago and they better tighten the grip on tax avoidance. One good example is Facebook getting back almost 1 Billion dollars in tax returns when they didn't pay anything for the past several years.
 
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