Institute for Liberty: Apple Hides $44 Billion From U.S. Tax Collectors,
Enough To Pay For Deep Sequestration Cuts
"Apple Sequester" Cost Jobs, Puts Americans' Health and Safety at Risk
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The following is being
issued by Institute for Liberty:
On Monday, a United States Senate probe revealed that U.S. tech giant Apple
Inc. shielded $44 billion from U.S. tax collectors through a series of evasive
Every day, the left is exhorting American businesses to "pay their fair share"
when it comes to taxes. Yet when the left's darling, Apple, engages in the
very behavior the left decries, they want to excuse Apple by saying that
they're merely following the law. We agree that this is the letter of the
law, and recognize that everyone wants to pay lower taxes. But Apple cannot be
excused when they avoid doing what America's other job creators are obliged to
do. The fact of the matter is the resulting $9 billion in uncollected taxes is
enough to cover the health and safety programs being cut by the sequester.
None of us like taxes, but for one of the largest U.S. companies to use
schemes and tactics to protect its income from the IRS is unpatriotic, and in
the case of Apple, it led to a significant shortfall in government revenues.
Even the most conservative estimates of what Apple sheltered would have
brought billions to federal coffers – money that could've saved many health
and safety programs from the sequester's chopping block. Programs like early
childhood education through Head Start, public housing support, and health
research at NIH all are victims of "The Apple Sequester."
Apple insists that they didn't skirt the law – and that what they did was
within the letter of the law. Even if that's true, their actions are
profoundly un-American and especially insulting since millions of Americans
support their company.
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