Biden criticizes Amazon for not paying federal taxes in 2018

16 Juin, 2019, 17:29 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden greets the staff at the Tasty Cafe in Eldridge, Iowa, during a quick campaign stop at the restaurant on June 12.

"No company pulling in billions of dollars of profits should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers", Biden continued.

If the tax rate had been paid in full, without taking advantage of tax loopholes, it would have set Amazon back $2.27 billion in 2018. "We need to reward work, not just wealth", the former Vice President tweeted, linking to a New York Times story from April about how Amazon got a rebate on its corporate taxes in 2018.

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Biden tried to contrast the tax rate paid by Amazon with the tax rates paid by everyday workers. "The government has designed corporate tax law to encourage businesses of all sizes to invest in the USA economy to drive growth and create jobs". Amazon will pay $0 in federal income taxes for the second year in a row after its total profits doubled from $5.6 billion in 2018 to $11.2 billion in 2019, according to a February report from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report. "Assume VP Biden's complaint is w/ the tax code, not Amazon", Amazon's tweeted read Thursday. Elizabeth Warren of MA, who has railed against big tech companies recently and is calling on the federal government to dismantle large sections of Amazon, among other behemoths. For decades, profitable companies have been able to avoid corporate taxes. But the list of those paying zero roughly doubled previous year as a result of provisions in President Trump's 2017 tax bill that expanded corporate tax breaks and reduced the tax rate on corporate income. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who, after Biden, are receiving the most public support in 2020 polls, have focused on decreasing the wealth gap and raising taxes on the wealthy.

But Amazon has also waged unusually public fights to lower the taxes it owes, such as a new tax on large employers that Seattle passed a year ago, only to repeal it after an aggressive opposition campaign by Amazon and other employers.

We've paid $2.6B in corporate taxes since 2016.


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