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Apple Hit by Protestors for Lobbying Tax Cuts

"Love the iPhone, hate the tax cheat"

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Grassroots organization US Uncut protested in Apple stores over the weekend in response to Apple’s lobbying efforts for the tax holiday legislation called Freedom to Invest Act of 2011. This legislation would lower taxes for corporations that sell goods and services abroad. WIN America, a coalition of companies including Google, Microsoft, and, of course, Apple, is aggressively pushing for this legislation.

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Apple is projected to receive a $4 billion tax break if the legislation is approved. US Uncut, however, believes these tax dollars could be spent in a more effective way and is asking Apple to take its name off the WIN America Campaign.

“There are 90,000 teachers who you could hire with the $4 billion that Apple stands to gain,” said US Uncut spokesperson Carl Gibson.

For this reason, US Uncut chapters all across the country went into Apple stores chanting “Love the iPhone, hate the tax cheat” and “Why can’t I sync my iPhone to my values?” In Washington, DC, protestors even danced through the store to the tune of “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet except they sang, “When Are You Gonna Outlaw Tax Dodging?”

 

Although other companies are pushing for tax cuts as well, US Uncut is targeting Apple, specifically, because it is trying to appeal to the same audience that Apple does. It has created viral videos for the cause and has tried to make its actions “trendy and cool.” Gibson told WebProNews that US Uncut was not protesting against Apple’s products, but that it simply wanted the company to be socially responsible.

“If you can focus on this particular company, with its image that they have so carefully crafted… I think they have to respond, and they have to realize that what you’re saying has merit,” he said.

While Gibson wouldn’t comment about the organization’s involvement at Apple’s WWDC event this week, we saw that US Uncut did make a very creative appearance at the conference:

 

Gibson also indicated that we could expect more actions geared toward Apple throughout the summer.

WebProNews reached out to Apple for comment on this issue but have yet to receive a response.

Apple Hit by Protestors for Lobbying Tax Cuts
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  • http://okagbatek.blogspot.com Okagba Mobile

    A firm should be socially responsible. However, if taxing Apple and others is harmful to their buoyancy, the tax cut should be implemented.

    The government should critically assess the implication of the tax cut or no tax cut before taking a decision.

  • http://www.TheOkayNetwork.com Adsense Publisher

    It’s one thing to ask for the tax cuts to help the company do things like hire more employees, it’s another to ask for it just to make the company more profitable. I wouldn’t be surprised if these tax breaks go through and a few of those corporations lay off a bunch of employees at the same time. Can anybody say big bonuses?

  • http://shedadvice.com Jim

    This group must have missed the economics 101 class. Where is Adam Smith when you need him?

  • Paul

    I feel these tax breaks should be considered if Apple and these other companies agree to bring all of their manufacturing and services divisions back to the US from abroad. “Hey Apple, move Qantas to the US and hire more Americans and we will give you some tax breaks.”.