Thursday, August 21, 2008

AP Misinforms (Again) on Corporate Taxes

Quoting The Tax Foundation (emphasis mine):

The AP reported that, according to the GAO study comparing tax liabilities of corporations from 1998-2005, "about 25 percent of the U.S. corporations not paying corporate taxes [in 2005] were considered large corporations, meaning they had at least $250 million in assets or $50 million in receipts." Furthermore, this claim was repeated in numerous stories.

After careful review of the AP's story, Tax Foundation economist Josh Barro found that the AP significantly overstated the number of large corporations not paying corporate taxes.

"The actual report reflects that, of the 1.26 million U.S. corporations with no 2005 tax liability, just 3,565 were large," says Barro. "That's 0.28%, which is 90 times less than the figure reported by the AP. Policymakers and the public should not be deceived by this story that misrepresents the GAO report."
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Anybody surprised by the usual
misinformation from so-called “journalists”?
Not me!

Additional recommended reading (and listening):

1) Corporations which pay no tax:
Click here and hear the facts.

2) Corporate Taxes: The Most Destructive [AND the most regressive] Tax:
Click here for a broader view of the “the most destructive tax” of all.

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