If Apple announces its corporate U.S. exit, will we finally get the message?

“Pfizer’s corporate U.S. exit should be a wake-up call to the American public, but I doubt that it will be,” Ray Ernst writes in a letter published in the Wall Street Journal. “Perhaps when iconic Apple decides to leave we will get the message. After all, Pfizer ‘only’ has $144 billion retained overseas (and earned overseas, for those thinking it is from the U.S.); Apple has $190 billion overseas.”

“Since 2005, corporate earnings retained overseas have increased from $0.5 trillion to $2.1 trillion (about 300%!)” Ernst writes. “National politicians lead us to believe that the Earth revolves around them and Washington; yet they do nothing.”

“Intel Corp. testified to Congress on Nov. 19 about how it is testing its drone technologies overseas and may move its drone R&D overseas,” Ernst writes. “Americans should read the congressional testimony that shows the arrogance of Washington and the high-flying bureaucrats at the FAA. These are all highly skilled technology and manufacturing jobs; you know, those middle-class jobs paying $60,000-$130,000 that we used to have.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Newsflash: Corporations don’t pay taxes, you do.

“Corporate taxes” are simply passed along to the consumer. It’s how the government sneakily double-taxes its citizens. You’re taxed on your income and then again on what’s left via higher prices across the board.

Apple should rattle their rather imposing saber. The threat of cold hard cash disappearing is about the only thing that prompts some people into action in Washington DC.

Under the current U.S. corporate tax system, it would be very expensive to repatriate that cash. Unfortunately, the tax code has not kept up with the digital age. The tax system handicaps American corporations in relation to our foreign competitors who don’t have such constraints on the free flow of capital… Apple has always believed in the simple, not the complex. You can see it in our products and the way we conduct ourselves. It is in this spirit that we recommend a dramatic simplification of the corporate tax code. This reform should be revenue neutral, eliminate all corporate tax expenditures, lower corporate income tax rates and implement a reasonable tax on foreign earnings that allows the free flow of capital back to the U.S. We make this recommendation with our eyes wide open, realizing this would likely increase Apple’s U.S. taxes. But we strongly believe such comprehensive reform would be fair to all taxpayers, would keep America globally competitive and would promote U.S. economic growth.Apple CEO Tim Cook, May 21, 2013

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