“With the U.S. Senate reportedly finishing an investigation into how Apple and others dodge taxes, and with Apple fighting for an officially sanctioned tax holiday, it’s worth taking stock of Apple’s tax liabilities,” Ryan Tate reports for Wired. “Dealing with the tax man, it turns out, could cost the company upward of $28.5 billion or send it on a shopping spree abroad.”

“Even as Apple lobbies for corporate tax amnesty… Apple’s big tax liabilities are important considerations when thinking about the company’s vaunted cash and securities hoard, which reached $121.3 billion three months ago,” Tate reports. “Fully $82.6 billion of that money was held by Apple’s foreign subsidiaries, which collect much of Apple’s profit as part of a popular tax avoidance scheme in which offshore subsidiaries hold a tech company’s intellectual property and the U.S. parent then licenses the intellectual property back. Thanks to such maneuvering, Apple paid just 1.9 percent on foreign earnings in its last fiscal year.”

Tate reports, “Apple has been hoping a tax holiday will free up its overseas assets. Along with other big names in tech like Google and Microsoft, Apple is part of the ‘WIN America Campaign,’ which reportedly hired 160 lobbyists to push its stated agenda of repeating the ‘one-time’ 2004 corporate tax holiday bestowed by Congress… Apple, which did not respond to requests for comment, defended itself to The New York Times by saying ‘in fiscal 2012 we paid $6 billion in federal corporate income taxes, which is 1 out of every 40 dollars in corporate income taxes collected by the U.S. government.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: “Tax dodge” is a loaded term. Apple, like any competent company, practices tax avoidance, which refers to reducing taxes by legal means, not tax evasion which is illegal, willful non-payment of taxes.

It’s ironic that Congress needs an “investigation” (read: “yet another dog and pony show”) into tax avoidance when Congress is the reason for the loopholes that permit tax avoidance in the first place.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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