Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

Pressure, Power, and a New View on Cuts

Congress is in recess through the mid-term elections. Read the Daily Deduction each Monday until then.  Apple’s new products might not bend, but its tax deals are under some pressure. Later today, the European Union’s European Commission is expected to release its opening decision on Apple’s 1991 and 2007 deals with the Irish government: They […]

Are Tax Inversions Really Unpatriotic?

President Obama and many congressional Democrats argue that U.S.-based multinational firms are being unpatriotic by moving their corporate addresses overseas in order to reduce their taxes. Obama even implied they are “corporate deserters.” These are powerful, emotionally-charged allegations. But are they fair? Is it unpatriotic to maximize tax savings? After all, companies and individuals do […]

Apple, Phantoms, Roads, and Debt

Is the EU about to grab the Holy Grail? The European Union plans to launch a formal investigation into Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland—described by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) as “the Holy Grail of tax avoidance,” Reuters reports. The US Senate determined that Apple had cut billions from its US tax bill by giving affiliates […]

The OECD’s International Tax Plan: The First Step on a Long Road

Last week, the OECD proposed a major new initiative aimed at cracking down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations. The 40-page report follows widespread international criticism of aggressive tax planning by high-profile U.S.-based firms such as Starbucks, Apple, and Google. The OECD report, called the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, makes 15 recommendations […]

Why A Repatriation Tax Holiday is Still a Bad Idea

In another one of those bad ideas that never seem to go away, Congress may be about to grant a huge tax break to multinational companies that have stashed earnings in their foreign subsidiaries. A temporary tax holiday for firms that return those profits to the United States is the latest evidence that bipartisanship is […]