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Monday, December 17, 2012

Google goes Galt!

Tax avoidance: "It's called capitalism"

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, quoted from Bloomberg.com, "Google Chairman Says Android Winning Mobile War With Apple: Tech":
The company avoided about $2 billion in worldwide income taxes in 2011 by shifting $9.8 billion in revenue into a Bermuda shell company, almost double the total from three years before, filings show.

Governments in France, the U.K., Italy and Australia are probing Google’s tax avoidance as they seek to boost revenue. Schmidt said the company’s efforts around taxes are legal.

We pay lots of taxes; we pay them in the legally prescribed ways,” he said. “I am very proud of the structure that we set up. We did it based on the incentives that the governments offered us to operate.”

The company isn’t about to turn down big savings in taxes, he said.

“It’s called capitalism,” he said. “We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this.”
Editor's note - This website is a proud member of the Google family, (in so many ways).

6 comments:

LibertyAtStake said...

Validates my decision to utilize blogspot as the free platform of choice, especially for the coming War Against Soft Tyranny.

Eric Dondero said...

Mine too.

BTW, does the editor of this site get any compliments for the lay-out of this piece? Huh? How 'bout it y'all.

Gotta admit that was sheer brilliance on my part juxtaposing the Rand and Schmidt photos.

mitsukurina said...

You fellows will like this; if you haven't seen it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9748655/Gerard-Depardieu-to-return-French-passport.html

mitsukurina said...

Seems that 75% top rate isn't working too well in France. I'm glad that they've done this as it rather provides a demonstration of what will happen if we "soak the rich" in the US.

Eric Dondero said...

And do I get any congrats for the lay-out of this piece?

Anyone??

Jemas said...

So what you're saying, and correct me if I'm wrong about this, is that circumventing the law is the proper, libertarian way of doing things in capitalism? And you guys wonder why you struggle to be taken seriously?

And congratulations Eric, you managed to find a picture where the CEO of Google had his arms crossed and juxtaposed it with a picture of a highly overrated writer with a fundamentally unsound political philosophy (oh and she couldn't write dialogue either, but that's not really the issue). Great job. Now stop fishing for compliments, it makes you look silly.

James
Queens, New York, NY