Which Corporate Giants Pay the Highest & Lowest Tax Rates? via WalletHub
The leading personal finance social network, WalletHub, today released its latest look at the U.S. tax landscape: an in-depth analysis of the rates at which S&P 100 companies are taxed at the state, federal and international levels.
A few highlights of this new report, which is based on tax data from 2013, can be found below:
- The overall tax rate that S&P 100 companies pay has increased by 5.3 percent since 2012;
- The biggest contributor to this increase was the state tax rate that has gone up by 24 percent since 2012.
- S&P 100 companies pay roughly 22 percent lower rates on international taxes than U.S. taxes.
- Tech companies, including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), are still paying up to 70 percent lower rates abroad, continuing the trend from 2013.
- Only one S&P 100 company is actually paying a negative overall tax rate and is therefore due a tax refund: Ford Motor Co. This is a large decrease from the past year, when six S&P 100 companies received tax refunds.
- Among the remaining companies that owe taxes, Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) (3.5%), American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) (3.8%), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) (4.2%) and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) (5.5%) pay the lowest rates.
- The average S&P 100 company pays a 15 percent higher tax rate than the top 3 percent of consumers.
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