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.
by: Karen Camper, Susan Shaer
Let me to first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind us in a multitude of ways how to remember, and also act. Our veterans need us now.
On Veterans Day, it's one day to think hard. What do we contemplate when we launch into war? Do we plan for the seemingly endless painful plight of veterans -- their families, friends and communities?
Planning for outcomes is common sense. A skydiver won't fling herself into the air without considering a fall. A doctor does not operate without knowing the patient's recovery plan.
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.
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.
by: Sabrina Parsons
by: Pat Byington
by: Sean Crowley, Daniel Wilson
by: Roger Smith
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