View Full Version : Exxon Paid No U.S. Tax

17th April 2010, 06:30 PM
So, good news and bad news. The good news is, oil megacorporation ExxonMobil had such a profitable year in 2009, it contributed $15 billion to the world's tax coffers.

The bad news: Not a cent of that went to the IRS.

ExxonMobil, the world's second-largest company, says it actually paid out 47 percent of its profits in taxes, but not to the good ol' capitalist US of A. Says Forbes in a report on all the taxes of the US's top 25 firms (with added emphasis):

Exxon tries to limit the tax pain with the help of 20 wholly owned subsidiaries domiciled in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands that (legally) shelter the cash flow from operations in the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi. No wonder that of $15 billion in income taxes last year, Exxon paid none of it to Uncle Sam, and has tens of billions in earnings permanently reinvested overseas.

By contrast, the nation's largest corporation, Wal-Mart, paid $7.1 billion globally in taxes, and the lion's share of it—$5.9 billion, or 83 percent—went to the US government.


1970 Silver Art
19th April 2010, 04:14 AM
It will not matter one way or the other because with the help of their high priced accountants, the corporation will legally find a way to avoid paying U.S. taxes and to end up having a $0 U.S. tax bill (see the GE story thread).

If the corporation has to pay a U.S. tax bill and if that U.S. tax bill effects their bottom line, then all the corporation will do is to pass that cost along to the consumer in the form of higher prices for goods and services.

Either way the corporation is going to win.