Trillion-dollar-company Amazon skated by way of 2018’s tax filings with out paying a cent for the second 12 months in a row. The e-commerce behemoth, which made $11 billion final 12 months, can pay no taxes in any respect, due to 2017’s tax reform.
Rather than pay the usual 21 % company income tax fee, Amazon is definitely claiming a tax rebate of $129 million, which works out to a logic-defying fee of -1 %. Aside from the nebulous “tax credit,” which the corporate doesn’t should spell out in its public filings, Amazon can be claiming a tax break for government inventory choices, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy – a longstanding loophole that allows worthwhile companies to dodge federal and state income taxes on virtually half their income.
While President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax reform laws lowered company tax charges from 35 % to 21 %, it was offered as an incentive for corporations to maintain their cash in the US, as an alternative of stashing it abroad the place the IRS couldn’t contact it. Now that Amazon and Netflix have each made headlines for utilizing the brand new rules to keep away from paying something in any respect, it stays to be seen whether or not the laws’s failure to shut company loopholes will go away the US holding the bag for fiscal 12 months 2018 because the nation’s nationwide debt inches previous $22 trillion – a record excessive.
Amazon’s tax windfall doesn’t even have in mind the billions in tax breaks the state governments of Virginia and New York supplied the corporate to open a second (and third) headquarters in their states, although there are rumors that New York is getting chilly toes in regards to the unprecedented company giveaway. Amazon didn’t pay any taxes in 2017 both, although it raked in a relatively paltry $5.6 billion in income and extracted a barely bigger $137 million refund.