Love to see this agitprop trying to raise awareness about Microsoft's Nevada tax dodge. It's just wrong on the latest facts (photo courtesy of Geekwire):
In 2010, the Legislature changed the state's Royalty Tax in Microsoft's favor. The change was led by (wait for it) former Microsoft executive Ross Hunter, Democratic Chair of the Finance committee. The Royalty Tax used to be a .484%* tax on worldwide revenue from software licensing. Microsoft claimed its licensing revenue from its Alter Ego corporate sub-identity in Nevada to avoid the tax. It saved between $1.51 billion and $6.1 billion depending on how you calculate it. However, Hunter changed the tax so the Royalty Tax is now apportioned. The tax now only applies to sales to Washington State customers (not worldwide revenues).
It was a huge gift (tax cut) for Microsoft. And, of course, Governor Gregoire appointed another Microsoft executive to run the Department of Revenue last year ... so it's unlikely the department will crack down on Microsoft's Nevada activities.
So a more accurate banner would have to read, "Microsoft's dodged $6.1 billion in Washington State taxes before it lobbied the legislature to rewrite the law to eliminate the tax."
* Prior to 1998, the Royalty Tax was actually 3x higher (1.5 percent) but was reduced to .484 percent after (wait for it) lobbying from the software industry (aka Microsoft)