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  • Tax Dodging New Form Of Corporate Abuse

    Chris Petersen by: Chris Petersen
    Big corporations have been trying to push farmers around since the 19th century. But farmers have always pushed back: more than 100 years ago, the Grange and National Farmers Union were organized to save farming families from corporate abuse.
      Now some U.S. corporations are practicing a new form of abuse they are avoiding paying their fair share of taxes by changing their corporate address, usually to a tax haven country. Burger King is the latest company to try this dirty trick, called an "inversion." I call it desertion.
      But Burger King isn't going anywhere.

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  • Corporate Tax Dodging Threatens Public Safety

    Dan Cougill by: Dan Cougill
    I'm usually a fan of the Whopper, but recently I haven't set foot inside a Burger King. In August, the company announced it would renounce its U.S. corporate "citizenship" to avoid paying its fair share of taxes.
      As a professional firefighter, I know that tax dodging by huge corporations can drain resources we need for firefighters, police, the military, and other important things. The more I thought about it the angrier I got. Now I've lost my taste for everything on the Burger King menu.
      Burger King is just the latest corporation to exploit a loophole that allows an American company to transform itself into a foreign company while actually maintaining all its operations here.

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  • Remembering Uncle Billy: Why Corporate Tax Ploy Is Unpatriotic

    Dan Shannon by: Dan Shannon
    Every time I read about an American corporation deserting our country to dodge its taxes, I think about my Uncle Billy. From a family of 11 kids in Pennsylvania coal country, Billy was a bombardier in World War II, shot down twice, the second time winding up in a German POW camp for 14 months.
      His last years were spent here in Denver, and whenever he'd hear about big, profitable corporations avoiding their fair share of taxes through offshore accounting tricks, he'd marvel at the greed: "How many steaks can you eat in a day? When is enough enough?"
      Good thing Uncle Billy, who passed away last year, wasn't around to hear about the latest tax-dodging maneuver now sweeping Corporate America: inversions.

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  • We All End Up Paying For Corporate Tax-Dodgers

    Sabrina Parsons by: Sabrina Parsons
    Small businesses need access to credit, a well-educated workforce, good roads and dependable communications. I know because I run a small business, and small businesses are our customers. Families have needs, too: good schools, safe streets, healthy food. I know because I'm a mom.
      What small businesses and families don't need is for big companies like Burger King to use a tax loophole to renounce their U.S. citizenship so they can dodge their fair share of taxes. And yet thats what's we see going on more and more these days.
      The way the trick, called "inversion," works is that an American corporation buys an offshore firm and then declares itself a foreign company.

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Celebrating America's Wilderness

Pat  Byington by: Pat Byington
"When are you going to take your family to Disney World?"
  Every fall, my cousin and I watch football games in his "man cave" that's equipped with sports memorabilia, Xbox, a fully ...



Casey Kasem's End-of-Life Nightmare Is Lesson for Millions of Americans

Sean  Crowley by: Sean Crowley, Daniel Wilson
The tragic legal battle between legendary radio host Casey Kasem's family members over his end-of-life care before he died in June is a teachable moment for millions of Americans. It illustrates ...





Walk in Their Shoes

Roger Smith by: Roger Smith
I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.
  The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than ...



Restoring Freedom to Information in the Freedom of Information Act

Amy Bennett by: Amy Bennett
Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. ...








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Tax Dodging New Form Of Corporate Abuse (by: Chris Petersen) in the Traer Star-Clipper

Corporate Tax Dodging Threatens Public Safety (by: Dan Cougill) in the Des Moines Register

Remembering Uncle Billy: Why Corporate Tax Ploy Is Unpatriotic (by: Dan Shannon) in the Pueblo Chieftain

We All End Up Paying For Corporate Tax-Dodgers (by: Sabrina Parsons) in the Eugene Register-Guard

Celebrating America's Wilderness (by: Pat Byington) in the Deer Park Broadcaster

Casey Kasem's End-of-Life Nightmare Is Lesson for Millions of Americans (by: Sean Crowley, Daniel Wilson) in the The Hill

Walk in Their Shoes (by: Roger Smith) in the Augusta Free Press

Restoring Freedom to Information in the Freedom of Information Act (by: Amy Bennett) in the Augusta Free Press

This Mascot Skews Reality About The First People (by: Jennifer Varenchik) in the Augusta Free Press

What the CIA is Trying to Hide (by: Katherine Hawkins) in the Crookston Daily Times



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