segunda-feira, junho 03, 2013

Apple witch-hunt (2)

No seguimento de Apple witch-hunt, Tim Cook: 'We don't use tax gimmicks':
"Here's how I felt on this. The subcommittee was coming to certain conclusions and we felt strongly that we looked at those very differently. I thought it was very important to go tell our story and to view that as an opportunity instead of a pain in the ass," according to Cook, who said he hoped this would lead to a more wide-ranging discussion about tax reform with the aim of effecting a major overhaul of corporate taxes. "This is what we think should be done," he said. Borrowing a page from Apple's product playbook, he described simplicity as good. "It's how we approach everything," Cook said, adding that Apple's tax return was two feet high.

"I would suggest we gut it," he said.
Is this the greatest thing ever written about taxes? Quite possibly:
Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.

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