America’s 280 Most Profitable Corporations Get $223 Billion in Tax Subsidies

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 2:07 AM by

Report Finds that Thirty Extremely Profitable Corporations Enjoyed a Negative Income Tax Rate

A comprehensive new study that profiles 280 of America’s most profitable companies finds that 78 of them paid no federal income tax in at least one of the last three years. Thirty companies enjoyed a negative income tax rate over the three year period, despite combined pre-tax profits of $160 billion. These are among the findings in “Corporate Taxpayers and Corporate Tax Dodgers, 2008-2010,” released Thursday by Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

“These 280 corporations received a total of nearly $223 billion in tax subsidies,” said Robert McIntyre, Director at Citizens for Tax Justice and the report’s lead author.  “This is wasted money that could have gone to protect Medicare, create jobs and cut the deficit.”

The study focuses on 280 corporations from the Fortune 500 list that met the criteria of being profitable in each of the last three years and providing sufficient and reliable information in their financial reports about their pretax U.S. profits and their U.S. federal income taxes.

The report notes that corporations are lobbying for lower corporate rates and an exemption for profits they shift offshore.  McIntyre, however, says “Our study provides proof that too many corporations are already being coddled by our tax system.”

Jon Peacock

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