Corporate filth! Traitors to U.S.A! Outrage & envy still ripple from a report in The New York Times that General Electric, the nation`s largest corporation, paid NO U.S. corporate taxes in 2010. Zero. Zip. Nada. Indeed, the company, with $14.2 billion in worldwide profits, claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 BILLION from Uncle Sam. GE did not break the law, but the bill it successfully avoided was picked up by the rest of us, or put on the national credit card. The top U.S. corporate rate is 35%, but virtually no one pays that. GE`s tax rate is about 1/3rd of what other companies pay, & that the company is vulnerable to pay any taxes is hypothetical. GE would have to return profits to these shores from places it set up to avoid taxes. Policymakers in Washington, D.C., need to reassess rates to bring them into line with the financial realities of the nation & basic equity. GE has a team of 975 gilded tax-avoidance professionals in a department working to ensure that the rest of America picks up its tab. Oh, & that default jobs- creation rationale? The Times report also noted that since 2002, GE has eliminated a fifth of its work force in the U.S. U.S. corporate rates are chasing profits offshore, and the only jobs created are for tax lawyers. Set & collect realistic rates. Jail these filthy criminals!
Whose fault is it that GE paid no corp. tax? The idiots that we elected to office. I guess the fault really belongs to us the voter. I feel rather certain that GE followed the law. They know all the loop holes. The IRS code is only 81,000 pages and I'm sure there are loop hole galore. If we new and could follow through with legal deductions most of us could get by with paying very little. John Stossel discussed many of these on his FOX program.