Shopping for a Tax Haven: How Nike and Apple Accelerated Their Tax Avoidance Strategies, according to the Paradise Papers

A year and a half after the release of the Panama Papers, a new set of data leaks, the Paradise Papers released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) provides important new information on the tax dodging of wealthy individuals as well as multinational corporations.

The leaked data, about 13.4 million files in total, exposes the tax avoidance schemes and strategies of wealthy and powerful individuals, as well as large corporations. More than 7 million of the files were obtained from the offshore law firm Appleby. The 119-year-old firm is a leading member of the global network of lawyers, accountants, bankers and other operatives who set up and manage offshore companies and bank accounts for clients who want to avoid taxes or keep their finances under wraps.

It is no secret that corporations like Nike and Apple are holding billions of dollars offshore for tax avoidance purposes, but the Paradise Papers give us a deeper look into what these tax avoidance schemes look like, and show that Apple’s leadership has aggressively moved to reinvent these schemes while simultaneously proclaiming their innocence.

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On Apple, U.S. Should Follow Europe’s Lead – Level Playing Field for Small Business to Compete

Statement of the FACT Coalition on the E.U.’s Apple Ruling
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The European Commission today announced that Apple would have to re-pay Ireland roughly $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks, after a three-year investigation discovered that the tech giant escaped with paying about 0.05% in taxes—compared to the official Irish rate of 12%.

Clark Gascoigne, the deputy director of the FACT Coalition, issued the following statement.

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Experts Troubled by Treasury Secretary Taking on “Role of Tax Lobbyist” for Apple

Statement by FACT Executive Director Gary Kalman
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is traveling to Europe this week for, among other reasons, the purpose of talking with European Commission officials to argue against invalidating a special tax deal that allows Apple to direct tens of billions of dollars in worldwide revenues to Ireland and pay a tax rate in the range of 1%.

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