TechFlash reports that Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith has called for the Governor to end cuts to higher education and is supportive of an increase to our state's sales tax. Microsoft loves the sales tax because it's a regressive tax - meaning that the poor pay a higher percent of their income in taxes than the rich:
"People earning less than $20,000 annually pay 17.3 percent of family income toward sales and excise taxes and property taxes, the report said. People making between $99,000 and $198,000 each year pay 7.6 percent toward their tax bill. Meanwhill, people in the top 1 percent of earners – those making more than $537,000 a year – pay just 2.9 percent, the report said."
The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) reports that Washington State already has the most regressive tax structure in the country.
If it weren't for Microsoft's Nevada Tax Dodge and its lobbying effort, Washington State wouldn't have a budget deficit right now. We'll be updating our reporting on this soon (our earlier summary is here).
In general, Microsoft's geographic accounting practices are so deceptive that the ITEP had to exclude the company from its most recent Corporate Taxpayers and Tax Dodgers report:
"We [had] to leave out from the study companies whose geographic allocations were obviously ridiculous (e.g., almost all or even more than all of their pretax profits were reported as foreign, even though most of their revenues and assets were in the United States). Google and Microsoft are two examples of such apparently “liar companies” that we left out of the study. For such companies, it may be that they reported in their annual reports how they misallocated their profits on their tax returns, rather than where their profits were really earned."