Amazon is valued at $800 billion and almost doubled its profits between 2017 and 2018 from $5.6 billion to $11.2 billion, but the company will pay $0 in taxes, for the second year in a row. The Institute on Taxation and Economic noted that Amazon’s tax rate is a result of Trump’s tax cuts that decreased corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, and failed to close a slew of tax loopholes that allow companies to avoid paying federal and state income taxes on almost half of their profits.
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Those wondering how many zeros Amazon, which is valued at nearly $800 billion, has to pay in federal taxes might be surprised to learn that its check to the IRS will read exactly $0.00.
According to a report published by the Institute on Taxation and Economic (ITEP) policy Wednesday, the e-tail/retail/tech/entertainment/everything giant won’t have to pay a cent in federal taxes for the second year in a row.
This tax-free break comes even though Amazon almost
doubled its U.S. profits from $5.6 billion to $11.2 billion between 2017
To top it off, Amazon actually reported a $129 million 2018 federal income tax rebate—making its tax rate -1%.
Amazon’s low (to non-existent) tax rate has been
chided by politicians ranging from Senator Bernie Sanders to President
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