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____/ Mark Kent on Monday 17 November 2008 12:01 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ Richard Rasker on Sunday 16 November 2008 22:09 : \____
>>> Here I am, with my little business, dumping some 30% of my modest annual
>>> profits into the great big pot "for the common good". I have no real
>>> problems with that -- I find that good health care, education, old-age
>>> benefits etcetera quite make up for it, although I hate the idea that a
>>> part of that money is used to build more roads and demolish what little
>>> nature we have left here. Ah well, you can't have it all.
>>> One would expect Microsoft to pay a nice tax sum as well -- after all,
>>> they're making billions, and Microsod and the BSA are always blabbering
>>> about how using Microsoft crap^H^H^H^Hsoftware and fighting piracy is "good
>>> for the economy" etcetera. AND Bill Gates is blabbering about all the
>>> charity that Microsoft does, push^H^H^H^Hgiving away free software "worth
>>> billions" ...
>>> Turns out that these parasitic bastards use a tax avoidance scam by
>>> funneling all their profits through Ireland, in effect paying only €460.000
>>> in taxes over annual UK profits exceeding € 1.2 billion, in effect paying
>>> only 0,04% in taxes.
>>> It's sickening. In my opinion, every self-respecting (and tax-paying!)
>>> business should be making plans to abandon the products of these greedy
>>> bloodsuckers, who just take money and give nothing back.
>>> Richard Rasker
>> In case you are curious, I've accumulated many more examples and analysis
> The government has recently stated that it will be chasing companies
> avoiding paying tax. I wonder if they'll be chasing Microsoft?
The Indian government has. They found Microsoft guilty and liable to pay tax.
Microsoft, in turn, did not pay (yet) and a recent article said that they
failed to explain why. I base this on memory, but it's in one of the
accumulations above. The latest article is about a month old.
~~ Best of wishes
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