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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RE: Tax is not theft
by looncraz on Sun 29th Apr 2012 16:20 UTC in reply to "Tax is not theft"
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Fine, don't pay tax. While you're at it. Don't use the public roads. Blindfold yourself at night whenever you're near a street lamp. Tell the police to not help you if you're robbed. Dial 911 if you're injured? Forget that. You'll also need to stockpile on candles because electric power lines are government property.

It costs money to keep a country afloat. If you live in a country it's your responsibility to contribute your part to make it so.

In the U.S., ALL of that comes from local taxes.

Federal taxes are used for war, largely poorly designed or intended 'studies', placating to lobbyists, oversight departments that perform poorly, interstate highways, the IRS itself, CIA, FBI, DEA, ATF, NSA, DOE, and much much more.

Taxes for medicare & social security are collected "separate" from income taxes, so I didn't include those.

Most of what the federal government does should be left at the federal level, but everything they do costs far far too much. And the DEA should simply be abandoned, the DOE should be destroy and made into a committee of education leaders from each state / represented territory.

The IRS should be destroyed by following the constitution and having the federal government collect its funds from the states, and have those states determine how to get that money from its people.

That is how it is suppose to work. Otherwise, work out a system for a federal sales tax, and abolish the IRS. Problem is, while a sales tax is more efficient (see Texas) and is entirely fair (critical items, like food and water, are not taxed) it is also too difficult to use as a source of corruption by politicians. You can't easily create tax credits to hide giveaways so people buy something from the lobbyist that gave you the most money or the best gifts...

The lower degree of corruption in a sales-tax system is precisely why the government will never do it.

You would still tax business profits & corporate profits - at much lower levels, with very few avenues of escape.

We should be trying to put CPAs and tax companies out of business...(sorry, but that's progress...)

--The loon

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