President Trump’s offshore tax plan may mean extra perk for Apple

“Multinationals are in line for a windfall from President Donald Trump’s call to cut the tax rate on U.S. companies’ stockpiled overseas earnings, but a select few would do better than others,” Lynnley Browning reports for Bloomberg. “Apple Inc. and Pfizer Inc. may enjoy an extra earnings bump because of their previous accounting maneuvers, while companies including Microsoft Corp., Merck & Co. Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp. might have to log a one-time earnings hit, data recorded in their public filings suggest. The difference, which could mean a bookkeeping boost of as much as $7.9 billion for Apple and $5.3 billion for Pfizer, can be found on both companies’ balance sheets. Both have created multibillion-dollar ‘deferred tax liabilities’ to reflect the U.S. taxes they expect to owe on their accumulated offshore income.”

“Those liabilities are based on the current U.S. corporate income tax rate of 35 percent — but Trump and congressional Republicans have proposed slashing the rate on accumulated foreign earnings to just 10 percent or lower,” Browning reports. “If they succeed, Apple and Pfizer would be able to pay their lower-than-anticipated tax bills and then adjust their balance sheets, with one-time additions to their earnings worth billions, tax experts say.”

“A few companies choose not to label large amounts of their offshore earnings as permanently reinvested because they may need to tap that money in the future. In such cases, they have to book a deferred tax liability — as Apple and Pfizer have. The strategy that both companies used ‘now looks prescient,’ said Robert Willens, a tax and accounting expert in New York. ‘These companies, unlike most other multinationals, will see substantial benefits from the enactment of a deemed repatriation tax rule,'” Browning reports. “Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said during an exclusive interview with Bloomberg Television last week that he supports the deemed-repatriation approach…”

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MacDailyNews Take: Those who say Apple lacks a visionary have failed to account for CFO Luca Maestri.

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  1. Booking the US tax on foreign income is what you’re supposed to do, like Apple and Pfizer, unless you honestly think you’ll never bring it back to the US. Clearly, those other companies that didn’t book enough US tax on foreign income, essentially every other big company, will now be hypocrites, when they do bring that foreign income back, after having told the US Treasury for years that they wouldn’t.

  2. Maestri started at Apple in 2013 and became CFO in 2014. Apple was using “deferred tax liability” accounting long before he arrived. I think he’s great, but in this area he just continued with Oppenheimer’s plan.

      1. Persecution complex? It’s all about yer boy? You’re the only ones who know what’s right? Anyone who disagrees with you is wrong?

        No wonder people despise and dislike you.

      2. A scathing Indictment of The Plantation Party:

        In his autobiography, Clarence Thomas tells about debating issues with a neighbor in law school, John Bolton. At the time, Thomas was a liberal, even describing himself as a radical. Bolton asked him “Clarence, as member of a group that has been treated shabbily by the majority in this country, why would you want to give the government more power over your personal life?” Then in the book, Thomas reflects: ‘That stopped me cold. I thought of what Daddy had said when I asked him why he’d never gone on public assistance. “Because it takes away your manhood,” he said. “You do that and they can ask you questions about your life that are none of their business. They can come into your house when they want to, and they can tell you who can come and go in your house.” Daddy and John, I saw, were making the same point: real freedom meant independence from government intrusion, which in turn meant that you had to take responsibility for your own decisions. When the government assumes that responsibility, it takes away your freedom – and wasn’t freedom the very thing for which Blacks in America were fighting?’

  3. Reality check = highly unlikely to happen at 10%. Maybe 15 or 20, but 10%? Nope. Should be, but political realities won’t let. Trump has lost control of legislative initiatives and will not get it back. He is quickly becoming a political liability in the swing states and nothing scares congressmen like a whiff if losing their jobs. Luckily for them, the democrats exist.

      1. Apple should demonstrate their moral authority and refuse any tax relief passed by Repulican dominate Congress and signed by Donald Trump. Nothing, and I mean nothing, speaks louder than a natural librard acting out their ideology proudly and publicly. Taxes belong to the government and every citizen should do their patriotic duty and pay and pay and pay.

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