Wake-up Call

Resist the Corporate State

Walmart: Welfare Queen extraordinaire

leave a comment »

Table of tax breaks and subsidies used by Walmart and the Walton family to save $7.8 billion a year.

Americans for Tax Fairness
1726 M Street NW Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

DAILY KOS   Walmart and the Walton family certainly have reason to be having a happy tax day. Americans for Tax Fairness rounds up the tax avoidance strategies Walmart and the Walton family use to keep taxpayers subsidizing their big profits and enormous wealth:

  • Walmart receives an estimated $6.2 billion annually in mostly federal taxpayer subsidies. The reason: Walmart pays its employees so little that many of them rely on food stamps, health care and other taxpayer-funded programs.
  • Walmart avoids an estimated $1 billion in federal taxes each year. The reason:
    Walmart uses tax breaks and loopholes, including a strategy known as accelerated
    depreciation that allows it to write off capital investments considerably faster than
    the assets actually wear out.
  • The Waltons avoid an estimated $607 million in federal taxes on their Walmart
    dividends. The reason: income from investments is taxed at a much lower tax rate
    than income from salaries and wages.

It’s all perfectly legal, strategies used by many if not most huge corporations and 0.1 percent families. But that’s the point. The system is rigged in favor of those who can hire lobbyists and give max-out campaign contributions.Sign the petition: Stop corporate tax giveaways.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: