ChanandlerBong - 9:00 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
Isn't it true that Apple (just like all the ones being bashed in the UK like Amazon, Google and Starbucks) have done nothing illegal?
If you're offered two choices: do this and pay 22% or...do this, sign there and there, set up an HQ here, start closing down offices here and here, then pay 8%, I think we all know which one you'd do.
it's the insane loopholes that need to be closed.
If they want to leave and base themselves in Dublin or Djubrovnik, fine. But then don't allow them to operate in the states. Not a single shipping center, datacenter or PO Box.
what's the bigger threat?
Apple: we'll pull out of the States and effect the fed budget 1%
US Govt.: we'll kick you out and effect your budget 25%
Apple does not hold all the cards here. You do business in the states, start paying your 15/20% on earnings.