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Apple really sticking it to Obama: Saves at least $2.4 Billion in taxes

(Newser)–Apple is one of the most profitable companies in the world—and also one of the most aggressive and creative at avoiding taxes, reports the New York Times, which outlines a number of the company’s tax-avoidance strategies. Among them:

  • Despite its well-known Cupertino, California, headquarters, Apple partly avoids the state’s 8.84% corporate tax rate by directing some of its profits to a subsidiary in Nevada, where there are no corporate state taxes. (Almost poetically, that subsidiary is named Braeburn Capital, after a tart yet sweet type of apple.)
  • Apple’s sales teams in high-tax countries sell on behalf of subsidiaries in low-tax countries, avoiding income taxes.
  • It employs a handful of employees in Luxembourg, where sales of items downloaded by customers in Europe and Africa are recorded—and taxed at a discounted rate.
  • It created the “Double Irish With a Dutch Sandwich,” a much-emulated tax-avoidance strategy of routing profits through the Netherlands to Ireland and then through the Caribbean.

 Apple says it is only following the law, but last year Apple paid $3.3 billion in cash taxes on $34.2 billion in profits worldwide—its US tax bill would have been about $2.4 billion higher without its tax-avoidance moves, according to one study. That gave Apple a tax rate of 9.8%, low even for a tech company, and much lower than Walmart’s 24%, which the Times describes as par for the course for non-tech companies. Apple’s situation illustrates a growing problem for governments around the world in the information age, as many technology companies sell digital items that can be sold from anywhere, and reap royalties from intellectual property like patents. To wit, the S&P 500’s 71 tech companies over the last two years paid a cash tax rate one-third lower than its fellow S&P firms.


IN YO FACE OBAMA!!! IN YO FACE!!! Just laundering money like you read about.  Vegas, Netherlands, Ireland, Cayman Islands, and Luxembourg tax shelters.  Just genius.  Saved themselves $2.4 billion in taxes.  Well done Apple, well done.  Now they are free to spend that money however they want.  More employees, innovation, marketing, boats, Jets, Steve Jobs robots, who gives a shit…it’s their money.  I wonder how all the hipsters that love their Apple products are going to feel about this.  They will probably be all petulant, calling this corporate greed, stealing from Americans, blah blah blah.  Just going to occupy Apple.  Coordinate all of their protests from their iPhones and iPads.  Meanwhile, I don’t want or need an iPad…but I kinda want to run out and buy one now to show capilalist solidarity.  U-S-A, U-S-A!!!

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  1. Cara
    April 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Now if they could teach me to do that with my measly income, I’d be happy 🙂

  2. Michaela
    April 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    is there any way I can avoid taxes? who is Apple’s accountant? I need to give that guy a call

  3. CTYankee
    May 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hmmm $2.4 Billion dollars… That’d be spent by the government bureaucrats in an one hour and forty minutes (1:40) I think it’s clear where the problem lies. Apple is did the right thing — the US Government is addicted to CASH!

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