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Re: Microsoft Escapes Death, Taxes
Posted by: ECT News 2001-06-25 12:03:53
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Here's a brief trivia quiz for would-be corporate accountants. How much federal income tax did Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), the supreme ruler of the known software universe, and Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), second only to General Electric as the most valuable company in the U.S., pay this past year?


Re: Microsoft Escapes Death, Taxes
Posted by: opuit 2002-12-08 02:25:14 In reply to: ECT News
Interesting article.
Why don't you write one now that shows how Microsoft and Cisco have helped America?
For example, how many jobs have they created?
How many millionaires did they create?
How much money are the thousands of employees of these companies pouring into the public coffers by paying taxes?
How many ancillary jobs have these companies produced? (computer hardware makers, commercial construction jobs, residential home builders, electronic companies, news sources that profit off dissing them, etc.)
How much money have these companies or the CEOs given away in charities, and whether the money (if in the form of taxes) would have been spent better by money-grubbing politicians?
How (and why) many states and countries around the world promise corporations that they will not force them to pay taxes, just so that those corporations can bring jobs and money into their areas?
What would happen if states and other countries taxed large corporations according to what they believed necessary? (For the answer to this, please visit Cuba, N. Korea, China, and ask many Russians that did so in the Soviet Union.)
I am anxiously awaiting your article!

Re: Microsoft Escapes Death, Taxes
Posted by: Escoria 2004-01-08 08:12:41 In reply to: opuit
In your strident reply, you forgot to address the point at hand: Should corporations pay taxes at all? If not, why not?
Many capitalist countries tax corporations, is that Communism? Obviously not.
Jump to:
What is your opinion of technology's place in the world?
Technology could be used to solve most of the world's problems if properly applied.
Technology creates more problems than it solves.
Some technologies are inherently good, and some are inherently evil.
I accept technology's risks in order to enjoy its benefits.
I'd like to go back in time to an era when technology was far less prevalent.
I'd like to go forward in time to a more technologically advanced era.