- May 18, 2012
Pay your ****ing taxes. I pay mine.
I pay mine too...with the help of Turbo Tax. Looking for breaks isn't cheating.
The analogy is loose, I'll give you that....but instead of Turbo Tax assisting Apple, they had the backing and blessing of a government if I understand this directly. So who broke the law?
I'm not defending this on ethical grounds. There is no doubt some shadiness behind letting them only pay 2%, but if the taxman tomorrow tells me I can have a significant discount on taxes paid out of my pocket, you bet I'm going to take them up on it. Change the law if there is trouble with it, and IMO that is the source of the problem. The even bigger picture here is the precedent set though. That's the real issue...Apple is worried about 14 billion, a lot of other companies are sitting back praying they aren't next and / or the appeals process washes this away.