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Are Corporate Taxes Too High? Maybe It's the Fault of Unions

Original post made by Freedom Fighting Bill on Jul 1, 2013

My good friends and neighbors, big, profitable U.S. companies paid an average federal tax rate of nearly 13 percent in 2010, according to a new study -- about one third of the statutory rate many of those same companies are lobbying hard to cut, and almost one whole percentage point over 12%.

Companies with more than $10 million in assets paid an average rate of 12.6 percent of their global profits in 2010, according to the latest data available, says a new study by the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog. That compares to the statutory corporate tax rate of 35 percent.

"When some U.S. corporations use unjustifiable loopholes and offshore gimmicks to avoid paying Uncle Sam, their tax burden is shifted onto hardworking American families and small business," Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who commissioned the study, said in a statement, according to The Hill. "Today's GAO report quantifies just how much of the corporate tax burden has been shifted onto other taxpayers: America's large, profitable corporations are now paying a lower tax rate than our teachers and firefighters."

The study, which the GAO conducted at the request of Sens. Levin and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), comes at a time when U.S. companies are complaining that their tax rate is among the highest in the world and should be cut to help them stay competitive.

The GAO study is consistent with a slew of others, mainly done by reform-minded groups, that have shown actual corporate tax rates are consistently well below the statutory rate. Another recent GAO report found that corporate tax avoidance costs the U.S. government $180 billion per year. Many companies not only do not pay taxes, but they actually get money back from the government. An earlier GAO study found that 55 percent of big U.S. companies had avoided paying taxes altogether in at least one year between 1998 and 2005.

Companies have lots of legal loopholes that help them avoid paying taxes, including the ability to stash foreign profits offshore indefinitely. A recent study by the reform-advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice found that at least 18 big U.S. companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Nike, are avoiding paying a combined $92 billion in taxes by using offshore tax shelters.

What, therefore, is to be done? The answer is obvious. Let's complain about unionized teachers and fire fighters making too much money. Yours sincerely, Freedom Fighting Bill

Comments (3)

Posted by agree, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I agree, it is the public employees that are causing this with their high salaries, unsustainable pensions, and even getting 100% of their medical insurance covered after they retire, and being allowed to retire at age 50-55.


Posted by yeah, a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Jul 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

yeah, the $180 billion that the big corps are avoiding in taxes every year is chump change compared to the teachers salaries that allow them to live in the lap of luxury.


Posted by Lessismore , a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

In a time not to far away the State of CA will be broke.
As long as the unions are running the show no one will deal with all this unfunded pension liability.

They want there money to get elected, and we the sheep follow.

The problem is the problem we create will be hand to our kids. Because or leader and you and me would not tell the unions no more.


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