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Shira Ovide and Leila Abboud

Apple, Show Us Your Taxes

A country-by-country breakdown would permit an informed debate about what constitutes a fair share.

Is Apple the world's largest taxpayer or a rule-bending company that pays the equivalent of $50 in taxes on $1 million in income in Europe? Or both?

It's tough to come to a conclusion about Apple's string of tax-related controversies because no one really knows what Apple pays in taxes, either in total worldwide or in each country. There’s a simple fix. Let's call on Apple (like a certain presidential candidate) to release its tax returns. Only if we see Apple's tax bill with a country-by-country breakdown can we have an informed debate about whether the company is paying its fair share -- and what “fair” means.