Apple paid no income tax to New Zealand’s Inland Revenue Department for the last 10 years, according to an article shared by sit1963nz, prompting calls for the company to “do the right thing” even from some American-based Apple users. From the New Zealand Herald:
Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer, an Apple community blog site founded in 1998…wrote that Apple was the largest taxpayer in the United States, but ‘pays next to nothing in most parts of the world… [L]ocal taxes matter. Roads matter. Schools matter. Housing authorities matter. Health care matters. Regulation enforcement matters. All of the things that support civil society matter. Apple’s profits are made possible by that civil society, and the company should contribute its fair share.'”
Apple’s accounts “show apparent income tax payments of $37 million,” according to an earlier article, “but a close reading shows this sum was actually sent abroad to the Australian Tax Office, an arrangement that has been in place since at least 2007. Had Apple reported the same healthy profit margin in New Zealand as it did for its operations globally it would have paid $356 million in taxes over the period.”
“It is absolutely extraordinary that they are able to get away with paying zero tax in this country,” said Green Party co-leader James Shaw. “I really like Apple products — they’re incredibly innovative — but it looks like their tax department is even more innovative than their product designers.”
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