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Tony Auth

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  1. benbrilling

    benbrilling GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    That big apple is obscuring the real issue. Congress made ALL the tax laws and ALL the loopholes (with plenty of help from the lobbyists). Apple was just following good business practices by minimizing their expenditures. What’s wrong with the picture: the TAX LAWS that Congress wrote.

  2. wbr

    wbr said, over 1 year ago

    soros,gates,and buffett have paid for protection

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    1) It is said that every French business has three sets of books. First, there are the books they show the taxman. Then there are they books they reluctantly bring out when the taxman demands to see the REAL books. And then, of course, there are the real books.


    2) Once upon a time there was a cookie company called Mrs Fields which was majority owned by, you guessed it, Mrs Fields. The company was written up by Harvard Business as the most advanced in the world, with all middle management replaced by computers. Mrs Fields was the CEO, and below her were the hundreds of part-time teen-aged staff who sold cookies in hundreds of stores all over the world with no need for any middle management of any kind, and so the profits were incredible. Plus, Mrs Fields paid no taxes. And the IRS did not complain.


    Mrs Fields had four sets of books. The set she showed the IRS. The set she showed investors when they asked to see her books. The set she showed investors when they asked to see the REAL books. And, of course, the real books. Which, in this case, were the same as the ones she showed the IRS showing no profits of any kind.


    Investors rushed in, so all the income pocketed by Mrs Fields came from those investors, NOT from selling cookies. And the investors knew this was legit since it had the imprimatur and nihil obstat from Harvard Business School.

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Hmm, they just did what Mitt Romney did.

  5. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    @David

    Actually, Rand Paul said just that. He said that Congress should be ashamed for attacking Apple for using existing tax laws to cheat America. Of course, Paul has also blocked every attempt to fix those loopholes. I mean, Apple is rich, and deserves tax breaks that you and I can’t use.

  6. centaur1

    centaur1 said, over 1 year ago

    Do you people understand that corparations DO NOT PAY TAXES! You pay them in increased cost of the product…they will make the same profit and the government gets more of your money

  7. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 1 year ago

    centaur1: Wake up! If they pass taxes on (rather than cutting executive pay to levels of civilized countries), you can buy from a competitor or not buy at all. If they dodge their fair share, we all pay for it with no options.

  8. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @David – I guess I’ll step in then and fill the gap.

    First – Corporations shouldn’t pay taxes. The taxes should be on the individuals that receive stock dividends.

    Two – The laws are what they are. Apple has acted in good faith and was smarter then most about how to manage it’s finances. If the American taxpayer would accept a value added tax (VAT) or Sales tax as an alternative, many of these problems would go away. But the 48% Love to cry about how someone else isn’t paying enough tax when they aren’t paying any.

  9. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 1 year ago

    got to love apple fanboys. pay hundreds of dollars every year for another iteration of the iphone, ipad, macbook, ipod, etc…,,but apple uses tax loopholes to shore up their profits. no wonder their share price is $441.

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 1 year ago

    @ansonia

    Because it doesn’t need defending. This is just another egregious attack by the GOP, probably to obscure the fact that the mega international corporations they contribute to pay almost no taxes at all, and are heavily subsidized by the taxpayer dollar.

    Look at the defense industries, the oil industries, the chemical industries, and, of course, Big Ag.

    Apple paid the taxes they owed, according to IRS regs and their tax accountants and attorneys.

    It is stupid to pay more tax than you owe. The problem is that individuals pay straight rate taxes on W2 income; corporations and investors have little or no W2 income, but there are plenty of writeoffs and deductions they can applied to their unearned income.

    That means paper shuffling income, folks, not income from hard labour. They pay damn little tax, comparatively.

    Time to put an end to corporate welfare, and to the tax loopholes which let them keep a much larger percentage of their income than you or I.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 1 year ago

    @Mephistopholes

    If you are talking about working people – you know, those people who are working two or three minimum wage jobs to try to keep a roof over their heads, the fact is, they can’t afford to pay those sales taxes.

    You can’t get blood from a stone.

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 1 year ago

    @Gore Bane

    Exactly.

    But that’s not all the money which corporate America is stashing overseas, that will never return to our economy – unless we force them to bring it back.

    And Apple is very far from being the worst offender.

  13. samvadi

    samvadi said, over 1 year ago

    Now they get accused of innovation…. !

  14. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 1 year ago

    @David

    Conservatives and libertarians are generally for a simpler tax, one not as easy to avoid (for the rich only) as our current system favored by the left. Favored because they can tell the ignorant “we are taxing the rich” which giving them loopholes so those of us that can’t afford loopholes get stuck footing the bill.

  15. NeoconMan

    NeoconMan said, over 1 year ago

    @centaur1

    centaur1 said, “Do you people understand that corparations DO NOT PAY TAXES! You pay them in increased cost of the product…they will make the same profit and the government gets more of your money.”


    Yup. We own you. Deal with it.

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