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The Painful Facts, State-by-State: How We're Victimized by Corporate State Tax Avoidance


The Painful Facts, State-by-State: How We're Victimized by Corporate State Tax Avoidance

Paul Buchheit

Corporate data from numerous sources, including annual reports directly from the companies themselves, has been merged and matched and managed into two spreadsheets that reveal state-by-state corporate tax avoidance. The results show how people all over America are being deprived of revenue that should be going to education and infrastructure.

1. Most of the State Tax Avoidance is by the Largest Companies


Here he goes again. Mr. Buchheit really likes to use the word "required" when he talks about tax payments. I'm sure he is referring to the tax rates established by state and local laws. He is being disingenuous and dishonest to represent these tax rates as the "required" amount of tax for each company. Companies which promise to bring large numbers of jobs for the local economy are often given special tax breaks by the local and state governments. These agreements legally modify the tax payments required of each company.

I can assure you that businesses are paying exactly what is required in the way of taxes, and not a penny more. The revenue agents would be on their doorstep in a heartbeat if the companies weren't meeting their actual obligations. We shouldn't vilify the company for meeting the modified obligation and no more, we should tell our governments not to offer tax incentives to companies.

Of course, that may result in no jobs for your citizens. Who then pay no income taxes and much less in sales tax than when they were employed.


Oh please , this absolute and complete nonsense. Private Corporations are not better at spending public dollars. They are inherently wasteful and profits are based upon shifting costs to the public.

We are not talking just about direct subsidies from Government here. We are talking about billions of dollars and more in damages done to peoples health and that of the environment due to corporate malfeansce.

We are talking about an economy built around consumption where goods produced are designed to fail so as to ensure there a constant demand for more of the same.

We are talking about an entire health industry built around treating illness rather than curing it because the healthier a population is the less profits they make.

We are talking about a dysfunctional prison system in the USA based on the private model which is exponentially more expensive than any in the world .

The for profit model is the least efficient system one can conceive of as it predicated on producing a profit which is an added cost to the person needing a good.

If you want an example of "private industry" at work producing a good look no further than the boondoggle that is the f-35 aircraft or of a life saving drug costing 15 dollars one day and 750 dollars the next for the sake of "profits"


Imagine how different enforced policy priorities would be if our captured mass media substituted actual data on all corporate welfare in lieu of the constant narratives about the undeserving poor, and/or the favored meme by C.D. embeds: that "the middle class hates the poor."

These nonsensical diversions are put in place to HIDE the inordinate sums lost to tax avoidance schemes engendered by major corporations.

One could also add in the funds hemorrhaged out of public education and misdirected towards poor functioning often Christian charter schools; and that largesse to end all forms of largesse--the amount of pork that goes to military projects, arms developers, and professional private armies like the odious Blackwater.

When ALL of these lost sums are computed, it's obvious that there IS plenty of money to green this nation's infrastructure, wean off fossil fuels, sponsor young inventors (the Edisons and Teslas of tomorrow), provide health CARE (sans insurance usurers) for all, raise the minimum wage, and make Day Care and Head Start programs readily available in all states.


You are a corporate clone paid to posit messages of this ridiculous nature. Your idea of free enterprise means that the big dogs should get it all as if that form of competition has any positive bearing on this nation's citizens' well-being and necessary government-run programs.

How come all you right wing libertarians have all this TIME on your hands to post during workdays on sites like this one? Shouldn't you be out fleecing the public for more "free trade," or did you already get all that you need and just enjoy supporting programs that take the REST away from everyone else?

The LIE told often:

"It's far more efficient to have private companies produce things than the state."

It's right up there with WAR makes the world safer, or that Monsanto's gen tech monstrosities are answering the needs of the world's hungriest.


Another right wing libertarian dingbat who "spontaneously" appears to attack Mr. Buccheit's credibility.

Any soul with an OUNCE of decency or compassion would rail at the statistics Mr. Buchheit ACCURATELY publishes and what this net financial loss means to communities. But instead, enter the corporate clones to malign the messenger to prevent the importance of the message from being heard.

People like you should be tarred and feathered.

This is a crock of unmitigated shit... probably a meme that came from the same source that insisted that Tobacco products were perfectly safe:

"I can assure you that businesses are paying exactly what is required in the way of taxes, and not a penny more. The revenue agents would be on their doorstep in a heartbeat if the companies weren't meeting their actual obligations."

The whole purpose of private funding for office-holders is to make would-be representatives of The Peoples' interests beholden to said corporate sponsors.

Apart from the fact that laws are bent and not often applied, this idea that tax revenue agents would instantly appear is a joke since the IRS is also defunded; and thanks to people in power in cahoots with today's robber barons, it's typically the guy who makes 40K who gets audited, not the company that skims profits off the top only to close shop and leave 4000 people without jobs.

Your govt. is bad, business is good argument is about as solid as the Titanic... after The Hit.


Time for Corporations to pay and why I support Senator Bernie Sanders for POTUS.


The reason private industry is more efficient than the government is that private industry is motivated to increase revenue and decrease costs. Inefficiency increases the cost of doing business, so it is in the self-interest of managers to be efficient.

Government must abide by the Constitution. The Constitution mandates that government must establish justice and provide for the general welfare (the common good). The Constitution says nothing about efficiency.

Private industry cannot establish justice and provide for the general welfare because doing so will put a private business out of business. Private business must be concerned solely with its own self-interest. This is why Gordon Gekko (the movie "Wall Street") said "greed is good" and Ayn Rand said "selfishness is a virture."


Efficient in making $ for their shareholders and externalizing costs to the public.


Time and Time again Paul Buchheit has tried very hard to teach us just how, where and when we are being robbed, yes robbed...he uses polite discourse and writes very well, he doesn't scream, shout or call anyone names, just gives us the facts, We Are Being Robbed are my words...he uses terms like avoidance, he is polite, if he weren't he wouldn't get published, now would he?

There are Trolls everywhere, most of them (I believe) are paid and paid well...one Must apply discernment/understanding just what is behind what some of these trolls are saying and why they are saying it and then look at the facts...just where is public education today? healthcare? roads and bridges?, water and waste-treatment? the list is almost endless...

We Are Being Robbed...but...it's not just our citizens, it all people's & The Planet...and no one goes to jail?????????


There's a whole army of libertarian jackasses out there who obviously like to troll here on CD. They are not being paid, in my opinion, because the libertarians I have met are true believers in this cult. They pump out this sh*t for free because they have brainwashed themselves into believing the libertarian malarkey. They are impervious to logic or reason and they all vomit up the same tired, lame and stupid talking points. If you are a billionaire, libertarianism makes sense but if you are middle class or below, libertarianism is absolute toxic sludge that is against your own best interests. Flat tax, going back on the gold standard, eliminating regulations------total effing bullbleep.


The greatest crime is that most US states have wildly regressive individual income tax structures. In a majority of states, the poor - who can least afford to pay any taxes at all, are required to pay a substantially larger percentage of their gross income on taxes than the rich. The worst states for this are the "no income tax" states which primarily rely on sales tax - which is in some cases even imposed on grocery purchases. For example, in Washington, the worst state for tax inequality, the poorest 20% pay 16.8% of their income in state and local taxes. The richest one-percent pay 2.4%. In Texas, it is 12.5% and 2.9% respectively. In Tennessee, it's 10.9% and 3.0%.

Pennsylvania has an income tax, but it is a flat tax 3.07% and with virtually no deductions aside from an insultingly condescending named "tax forgiveness" for the near-destitute - relying largely on sales taxes. So Pennsylvania's unfairness numbers are 12.0% and 4.2%.

It ends up that virtually all the US states are at least slightly regressive - the best states being New York, Minnesota and California - which have "almost-flat" tax structures - the rich only paying a little less a percentage as the poor.

Of course, a fair tax would be progressive - the tax rate going up with income (becasue the poor must spend everything they have on necessities while the rich sit on huge sums even after paying for their lavish lifestyles - and ONLY in the USA do I need to explain this!). No US states meet this criteria.

All the details are here:


It is a testimony to the effectiveness of our corporate propaganda media that the good work of the ITEP is totally memory-holed - becasue if journalists and reporters were doing their jobs on this issue, we would be having an entirely different conversation about taxes right now, and the "concerns" of the rich and big-business would be totally drowned out by the righteous anger of the working class massed around every state capitol.


There are three problems with the claim that private industry is more efficient than the government.

1) It's frequently not true: For most of the things government contracts out for, a recent study found that government provides those services cheaper.

2) Whatever private sector managers' strong motives are for efficiency, the private sector has three big sources of waste built in: marketing, exorbitant executive pay, and lobbying costs.

3) Efficiency is only one of dozens of values we care about as a society, so even when the private sector does do something slightly more efficiently, but the government does it in a way that better reflects democracy and that creates more jobs (or better achieves some other goal), the government approach might be superior overall.

What's truly bizarre is that people who spend all their time thinking about money and the economy forget that economic efficiency is just one of many things we care about, AND it often signals a negative--"efficiency" often means paying one CEO a lot but employing fewer workers overall, which is often a net negative for society.


Thanx for the citation!