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Apple paid just 2% corporation tax on their profits outside of the US

Apple paid only 2% of their corporate tax outside of the United States
| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 7:36 am

Outside of the United States, Apple only paid a slither of their corporation tax - just 2%, according to their filings with US regulators. Apple paid $713 million in the year to September 29 on foreign pre-tax profits of $36.8 billion, a rate of just 1.9%.




It hasn't been suggested that their tax avoidance is anyway illegal, but considering the record profits they're making, it's a bit of a sour grape. Apple aren't the only ones doing so, with Starbucks, Facebook and Google paying low rates on overseas tax.


Apple paid just 2.5% in the previous year, as the company funnels most of their business in Europe through a subsidiary in the Republic of Ireland, which has much lower corporation tax than Britain. Ireland charges just 12.5% compared to Britain's 24%.


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