And so it begins. Just watch how the U.S.’s largest corporate taxpayer will be vilified for “not paying enough taxes.”
Here’s the press release, verbatim:
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a law firm dedicated to protecting the interests of whistleblowers, today announced that particularly in light of recent news involving potential wrongdoing by Apple (AAPL), attorneys and accountants are available to address inquiries from insiders who have information about other illegal tax-avoidance schemes.
Hagens Berman invites individuals with firsthand knowledge of the use of such illegal dealings to contact the firm at IRSWhistleblowers@hbsslaw.com. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other agencies offer rewards for whistleblowers that provide original information regarding violations.
The awards provided to whistleblowers are based on the amount of the recovery, but have exceeded $100 million.
A U.S. Senate subcommittee recently reported that Apple took advantage of loopholes and technicalities of U.S. and Irish tax laws to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The Senate report also notes that at least one of Apple’s international subsidiaries did not file a tax return in any country in 2011.
“We are interested in talking with anyone who has information about these schemes to avoid paying taxes,” says attorney Steve W. Berman, managing partner and co-founder of HBSS. “I am sure I join virtually every American who believes that companies have the right to be successful, but also have the duty to work within the laws and framework of our country’s tax code in doing so.”
Hagens Berman strongly urges those with inside knowledge to speak with one of its experienced whistleblower attorneys. “Whistleblowers who proceed without first speaking with an attorney can lose important rights, and an attorney can evaluate your claim, investigate further and give strategic advice on how to move forward,” Berman added.
Hagens Berman encourages individuals who believe they have information relating to the tax-avoidance activities of Apple and other major corporations to contact the firm for a free consultation by calling (206) 623-7292 or by emailing IRSWhistleblowers@hbsslaw.com.
More information about Hagens Berman’s whistleblower practice is also available at www.hb-whistleblower.com.
About Hagens Berman
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a whistleblower law firm with offices in 10 cities. The firm represents whistleblowers under the False Claims Act as well as programs administered by the IRS, SEC, CFTC and other entities. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hb-whistleblower.com.
Source: Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
MacDailyNews Take: Unfsckingbelievable.
If this sort of crap is a sign of what’s to come, Apple Inc. should just move to Ireland and be done with it. Build the Mothership there. Hire those local construction firms. Move Jony closer to home. Let’s see how Cupertino and the surrounding areas looks 6 months after that. It’d make Tijuana look like Shangri La, but, oh, how Ireland would thrive!
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