Apple does so many amazing things - paying tax isn't one of them
Steve Wozniak has criticised the tax arrangements of big multinational corporations, including Apple, the company he founded in a garage with Steve Jobs:
"I look back any company that is a public company, its shareholders are going to force it to be as profitable as possible and that means financial people studying all the laws of the world and figuring out all the schemes that work that are technically legal. They're technically legal and it bothers me and I would not live my life that way."
There is so much to admire about Apple, including its initiatives on the environment, its stand against religious freedom laws that harm gay rights, and the continued fight with the FBI over the right to privacy. Yet its tax arrangements bother me, too. If, as Mitt Romney famously declared, "Corporations are people too, my friend," then they ought to be taxed the same as people. I have no means to syphon off my money in Ireland to avoid paying tax. I don't have recourse to an army of accountants. It harms Apple's brand amongst its staunchest supporters, yours truly included, when the company utilises its wealth and power to pay less tax, as a proportion of its income, than me, a teacher in an inner city school.