MacVoices #13140: Jeff Gamet on Apple, Taxes, Congress and Reality

Jeff Gamet and host Chuck Joiner discuss Apple CEO Tim Cook’s appearance before a Senate committee on taxes, political posturing, and the realities of Apple’s tax strategies. Jeff also firmly rejects the notion of a career change for the both of them.

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Chuck Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoicesMacVoicesTV. You can catch up with what he’s doing on and LinkedIn.

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Jeff Gamet is the Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, and the author of Fresh Brewed Tales, a chronicle of Jeff’s strange adventures at coffee shops. You can find his regular updates on Twitter.


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Just got a chance to listen to the show. Well done!  You covered everything I would have said.  

 Ah the screaming headlines: Apple pays less than 2% in taxes!!! They were everywhere yesterday as only one person has to publish such a thing and everyone else copies it.  I  went to the Apple investor website and read through their 2012 annual report to find their declared taxes for last year.   I was shocked (shocked I tell you!) to find they pay quite a bit more than that just to the US government. 

It's very tiresome to see screaming headlines with no data or cleverly manipulated data to back them.  The people writing these things depend on the reader not sufficiently paying attention or at most reading the opening paragraph to a long article, never once checking to see if the headline has a basis. 

All the casual observer gets from this is that Apple pays no tax and they must be shamed.  It takes effort to go looking for data and reading through the hideously boring reports to see what is really happening.  Sadly this is how most popular decision is driven in the world. 

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@teresahummel Thanks just seemed like a topic where a more balanced, informed discussion was needed. Glad it made sense to you. The only thing we forgot was to mention property taxes!  :)

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