Saturday, December 15, 2012
Citizens for Tax Justice: Fortune 500 Corporations Holding $1.6 Trillion in Profits Offshore:
Among the Fortune 500 corporations, 290 have revealed that they, collectively, held nearly
$1.6 trillion in profits outside the United States at the end of 2011. This is one indication of
how much they might benefit from a so-called “territorial” tax system, which would
permanently exempt these offshore profits from U.S. taxes.
Just 20 of the corporations — including household names like GE, Microsoft, Apple, IBM,
Coca-Cola and Goldman Sachs — held $794 billion offshore, half of the total. The data are
compiled from figures buried deep in the footnotes of the “10-K” financial reports filed by the
companies annually with the Securities and Exchange Commission.