Donald Trump was asked about the fact that the Washington Post has assigned 20 reporters to investigate every minute of his life. Trump had a ready answer. Trump has criticized Amazon for playing games in order to not pay it’s taxes to the United States.
“Amazon is getting away with murder tax wise” and that Bezos was using the Post “for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax amazon like they should be taxed.”
Apple paid a top tax rate of just 9.8 percent in 2011, the report says. Google paid a rate of 11.9 percent, while Yahoo paid 11.6 percent and Microsoft paid 18.9 percent. Xerox paid 7.3 percent of its income in taxes, while Amazon paid only 3.5 percent, according to the report.
Still, among those familiar with tax policy, the practices described in the Greenlining report might raise some eyebrows. For the sake of comparison, the report says, Apple (and Xerox and Amazon) paid a lower tax rate in 2011 than an American household making $42,500 a year.
Apple, Google, Amazon, Yahoo and Xerox, on the other hand, all paid a lower rate this year than they did last year.
Coincidentally (or maybe not so coincidentally) Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post. His actions have all the earmarks of trying to avoid paying taxes. If he can keep Trump out of the White House, he can make more billions without paying taxes. Amazon has also been avoiding paying taxes in the UK by running the sales through Luxembourg.
“I mean they’re wrong, I wouldn’t even say bad, they’re wrong and in many cases have no proper information and they’re putting them together, they’re slopping them together and they’re going to do a book and the book is going to be all false stuff up because the stories are so wrong and the reporters, I mean one after another.”
“So what they’re doing is – he’s using that as a political instrument to try and stop antitrust, which he thinks I believe he’s antitrust, another word’s what he’s got it’s a monopoly and he wants to make sure I don’t get in.”
Executive Editor Martin Barson released a statement:
“As the individual who oversees The Washington Post’s news staff, I can say categorically that I have received no instructions from Jeff Bezos regarding our coverage of the presidential campaign — or, for that matter, any other subject,” he said. “The Post has a long tradition of publishing thorough examinations of the major party nominees for president. The decision to write a book on Donald Trump came entirely from the newsroom.”
The word of the WaPo is every bit as good as a three dollar bill.