Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Apr 2012 12:22 UTC
Apple "Apple, the world's most profitable technology company, doesn't design iPhones here. It doesn't run AppleCare customer service from this city. And it doesn't manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby. Yet, with a handful of employees in a small office here in Reno, Apple has done something central to its corporate strategy: it has avoided millions of dollars in taxes in California and 20 other states." Sure, this is all legal for companies to do (and Apple obviously isn't alone) but it does show you how much sense of morality companies have. Answer: none. But hey, it's legal, and the law is never wrong, right?
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Time for a change?
by bowkota on Sun 29th Apr 2012 14:00 UTC
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First and foremost all big corporations do this, it's common practice. However a title like "Dell sidesteps billions in taxes" would go unnoticed by the majority of the media nowadays.

So I think it's a good thing that this article was written even though it unfairly targets Apple only. It will make the public aware of the issue and maybe something good will come of it.

Apple was working to regulate the treatment of Foxconn employees way earlier before any of the media got ahold of it, however the exposure sure did put pressure on them to do more. I'd like to think that this might have a overall positive effect on other manufacturing companies as well.

As for the tax issue, while it's morally wrong what these companies are doing to avoid taxes, I think at least 90% of the population would act in the similar way if it was up to them.

Edited 2012-04-29 14:02 UTC

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