Apple’s Not Exactly a Good Corporate Citizen

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.

And

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. Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those gains.

Apple’s strategy: charge high prices for products made outside the United States where wages are poor and taxes are low and use any means necessary to avoid meeting its obligations as a member of American society.

Setting up an office in Reno is just one of many legal methods Apple uses to reduce its worldwide tax bill by billions of dollars each year. As it has in Nevada, Apple has created subsidiaries in low-tax places like Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands — some little more than a letterbox or an anonymous office — that help cut the taxes it pays around the world.

Apple may be the sort of company that follows the law and uses its many loopholes to its advantage, but legality doesn’t equal morality and Apple simply has no interest in sharing its part of the culture’s burdens.  And that makes it evil.

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3 thoughts on “Apple’s Not Exactly a Good Corporate Citizen

  1. Gabe Moskovitz 29 Apr 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What nonsense! Coporations are responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits. To this end, anything Apple does that is legally compliant is to the good.

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    • Jim 29 Apr 2012 at 2:03 pm

      again, just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s moral. i bet you’d be the first to complain about welfare recipients getting handouts- well that’s exactly what apple is doing. using the law to get handouts by means of loopholes. they aren’t being honest and they aren’t paying what they should be. and that makes them legally legitimized thieves.

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  2. Martin Shields 30 Apr 2012 at 12:38 am

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