“Apple has been named as the biggest corporate tax avoider in the United States after booking $218.55 billion (£171.6 billion) of profit offshore last year,” Keith Gladdis reports for The Daily Mail. “The tech giant was able to save $65.08 billion (£51.1 billion) that it should have paid in tax thanks to its convoluted arrangements.”

“The report revealed that last year three quarters of the Fortune 500 companies use subsidiaries in offshore tax havens where they sent a total of $2.42 trillion (£1.9 trillion) of income,” Gladdis reports. “In the US alone this amounted to $715.62 billion (£561.9 billion) in tax which they avoided paying.”

“The study was written in the US by pressure group Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy,” Gladdis reports. “Matthew Gardner of the ITEP said: ‘The hard fact is that the US tax code incentivizes tax haven abuse by allowing companies to indefinitely defer taxes on offshore profits until they are ‘repatriated.’ The only way to end this kind of tax avoidance is by closing the loopholes in the tax code that enable it.'”

MacDailyNews Take: In other words: What Apple does is perfectly legal.

Note: “Citizens for Tax Justice” is generally considered to be a left-wing organization. “Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy,” as well as the associated Citizens for Tax Justice, has been characterized as liberal.

“In August, the EU hit the company with a $14.39 billion (£11.3 billion) tax bill because it viewed the ‘sweetheart’ deals with Ireland as a breach of European law,” Gladdis reports. “Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called attempts to make it pay more tax ‘political crap’ and has said that the company follows all relevant laws.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Tax avoidance is legal. And smart. And a major part of Apple’s fiduciary duty to shareholders.

Tax evasion, which Apple does not practice, is illegal.

The tax laws, especially for multinationals, are convoluted. Hence, so are Apple’s tax strategies when following the tax law labyrinth.

The reason Apple and so many other multinationals do not repatriate profits is because U.S. corporate taxes are too high.

Legally keeping your hard-earned money out of government’s wasteful, inefficient, unaccountable hands is a laudable practice.

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. — Ronald Reagan

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