The recent news that Apple has played the tax laws of Ireland versus the U.S. to effectively avoid paying any corporate tax on tens of billions of income might be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back regarding finding a solution to offshore tax haven abuse.
So exactly how do we force multinational corporations to pay their fair share of U.S. taxes even if we can’t get other countries to join us in this effort?
May 28, 3013
Apple’s U.S. revenue should be taxed
The open secret of many global corporations’ success — and occasionally, downfall — is to fall between the cracks. Apple, which is based in Cupertino, Calif., created an Irish subsidiary with no employees, into which it funneled roughly $30 billion between 2009 and 2012 on which neither Ireland nor the United States levied taxes.…
So, what to do? …taxing corporations on their revenue rather than their profits. If Apple gets 60 percent of its revenue from sales in the United States, Apple should pay U.S. taxes on that revenue. Let France collect taxes from Apple on its sales in France, China on its sales in China and so forth. Taking production and the location of corporate headquarters out of the equation would end the noxious practices of placing factories where the taxes are lowest and creating dummy subsidiaries to funnel profits through low-tax countries. Companies would still roam the globe in search of the cheapest labor, though a better Congress might one day seek to reward businesses for keeping and generating high-value-added jobs in the United States.…