Close Corporate Tax Loopholes

PERVASIVE TAX AVOIDANCE — Across the country, some of the nation’s best-known companies—including GE, Google and Goldman Sachs—have avoided paying the taxes they owe, costing taxpayers $150 billion last year.

LOOPHOLES COST $150 BILLION LAST YEAR

No company should be able to game the tax system to avoid paying what it legitimately owes. And, yet, establishing shell companies in offshore havens for the purpose of tax avoidance is becoming more the rule than the exception for at least 83 of the nation's top 100 publicly traded companies. GE, Google, Goldman Sachs and dozens of others have created hundreds of phantom entities with nothing more than a clever tax attorney and a P.O. box.

The official estimate of how much Americans lose in tax revenue is $150 billion per year. That's money that is shouldered by average taxpayers, either through additional taxes today or additional debt to be paid by the next generation.

It’s not illegal, but it’s not right

The result? The average Colorado taxpayer paid $1,183 more this year to cover the $150 billion that GE and others that use offshore tax havens skipped out on. And small businesses and companies that don’t use these schemes have to struggle to compete with those that do. 

Meanwhile, the Colorado Legislature and Congress are considering deep cuts for essential public programs — from education, to health care, to clean air and food safety. They’re asking us to tighten our belts and make sacrifices, while giving the tax haven crew a free ride. We are pushing for commonsense changes that require corporations that are based here and generate profits here to pay the taxes they owe.

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Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average Colorado Taxpayer $1,361

As hardworking Americans file their taxes today, it’s a good time to be reminded of how ordinary taxpayers pick up the tab for the loopholes in our tax laws. CoPIRG  released a new study which revealed that the average Colorado taxpayer in 2013 would have to shoulder an extra $1,361 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals.

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Report | CoPIRG | Tax

Picking Up the Tab 2014

Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their state and federal income tax liability by billions of dollars. This report looks at the cost of this abuse to taxpayers and small businesses.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Budget

Colorado Takes Big Jump in Transparency of Government Spending

Colorado took a big jump forward in the transparency of its government spending according to Following the Money 2014: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the fifth annual report of its kind by the CoPIRG Foundation. After receiving a “D+” in 2013 and placing in the bottom ten states, Colorado jumped to a “B” and placed in the top 20 by implementing improvements like making over 19,000 public subsidies totaling $500 million accessible online.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Budget

Following the Money 2014

Every year, state governments spend tens of billions of dollars through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that the public can trust that state funds are well spent.

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Report | CoPIRG | Tax

FACTSHEET: Closing the $15 million loophole

Colorado taxpayers could recover $15 million a year from a simple reform to crack down on offshore tax dodging.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Tax

Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average Colorado Taxpayer $1,361

As hardworking Americans file their taxes today, it’s a good time to be reminded of how ordinary taxpayers pick up the tab for the loopholes in our tax laws. CoPIRG  released a new study which revealed that the average Colorado taxpayer in 2013 would have to shoulder an extra $1,361 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Budget

Colorado Takes Big Jump in Transparency of Government Spending

Colorado took a big jump forward in the transparency of its government spending according to Following the Money 2014: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the fifth annual report of its kind by the CoPIRG Foundation. After receiving a “D+” in 2013 and placing in the bottom ten states, Colorado jumped to a “B” and placed in the top 20 by implementing improvements like making over 19,000 public subsidies totaling $500 million accessible online.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Tax

New Farm Bill Contains Massive Taxpayer Handouts To Big Ag

CoPIRG urges Congress to vote NO on the Farm Bill. At a time of supposed fiscal caution, this bill would put taxpayers on the hook for another five years of billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses.

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Study: Colorado Could Curb Offshore Tax Dodging, Costs Colorado $15 Million

Colorado taxpayers could recover $15 million a year from a simple reform to crack down on offshore tax dodging, according to a new report released today by CoPIRG. The reform, which has already been proven effective in Montana and passed in Oregon, would require companies to treat profits booked to notorious tax havens as domestic taxable income.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Budget

STATEMENT: Appropriation Bill Cuts Some Waste, but Not Enough

A Step In The Right Direction: Appropriations Bill Roots Out Some Waste, but Doesn’t Do Enough To Protect Public Priorities and End Special Interest Handouts.

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Report | CoPIRG | Tax

Picking Up the Tab 2014

Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their state and federal income tax liability by billions of dollars. This report looks at the cost of this abuse to taxpayers and small businesses.

> Keep Reading
Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Budget

Following the Money 2014

Every year, state governments spend tens of billions of dollars through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that the public can trust that state funds are well spent.

> Keep Reading
Report | CoPIRG | Tax

FACTSHEET: Closing the $15 million loophole

Colorado taxpayers could recover $15 million a year from a simple reform to crack down on offshore tax dodging.

> Keep Reading
Report | CoPIRG | Tax

Closing the Billion Dollar Loophole

Every year, corporations use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their state and federal income tax liability, costing Coloradans hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Colorado could close one loophole could save $15 million.

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Report | CoPIRG | Tax

Apples to Twinkies 2013

At a time when America faces high obesity rates and tough federal budget choices, taxpayer dollars are funding the production of junk food ingredients. Since 1995, the government has spent $292.5 billion on agricultural subsidies, $19.2 billion of which have subsidized corn- and soy-derived junk food ingredients.

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The CUT Loopholes Act would put an end to the price and profit shifting that allows publicly traded companies to engage in pervasive tax avoidance.

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