What GEs Immelt Brings to Administration

Robert Borosage

“A third group of companies simply seems to have become expert at avoiding taxes. When the three accounting professors analyzed more than 2,000 companies, they found big variations in tax rates within almost every subset of companies. Companies in the same industry often paid very different rates, even when they were similar in size.

G.E. is so good at avoiding taxes that some people consider its tax department to be the best in the world, even better than any law firm’s. One common strategy is maximizing the amount of profit that is officially earned in countries with low tax rates“.

— David Leonhardt, NYT

President says the corporate tax code so filled with loopholes, it doesn’t make sense.

He brought in an expert.

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