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Analyst: Apple in lieu of taxes merges user information
Leading Researcher Center Euro-Atlantic Studies RISS, Ph.D. Yuri Glushchenko in an interview with Pravda suggested why Apple manages to safely escape from the tax burden. He believes that the manufacturer of iPhone, as well as some other companies, “merge” the information about their users US intelligence.
Company Apple, Google and Amazon have become one of the least transparent of transnational corporations in the world, worse than the Russian company “Gazprom” and “Rosneft”. Technology giants from the United States took first place in the international ranking of companies that do not disclose information about their income in other countries. Just list includes 90 companies. How do you comment on this information? Why Silicon Valley players, such as Apple, get away with avoiding the tax burden?
“Firstly, it is a tradition that they make their production, including, registered in offshore zones. So it was in Ireland, and they’re not paying taxes. If they were registered in the United States, they would have to pay huge taxes. But this money goes to the advanced development of business and cooperation, of course, easier.
These companies actively cooperate with government agencies to collect information about customers of these companies, it’s a giant files. That is, these companies will inevitably cooperate with the US National Security Agency, and are the successors to their activities in certain areas. ”
– In the summer of EU regulators launched an investigation into a number of companies, including Apple. The reason for the investigation became too low interest rates, which is taxed activities of corporations in Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. You talk about this?
“Yes, and then it’s all quiet. But here is related that then affected the interests of big politics. It manages all the “orange revolution” and so on. Recent developments in Hong Kong showed that all these network organization helped the revolution of umbrellas. ”
– For the same reason, in respect of the above companies do not apply any action on the part of the responsible bodies of the USA?
“Yes, if any, and will be taken, then quietly, so as not to scare the shareholders and not lower the ratings of these companies. Accordingly, the share price on the stock exchange. First of all, the Obama administration has always focused on the interests of these companies because they were among the main sponsors of Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.
And in 2012, they openly expressed their support for it is the Democratic candidate, not a Republican. Because Republicans, of course, perhaps, would collect taxes from them. Although, they are for tax cuts, but not on the left.
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