SHELL GAME: Apple Hides $1 Billion A Week From IRS
The iPad maker has slashed its tax bill by paying less than 2pc on its overseas profits, as it moves money through offshoots in low-tax countries such as the British Virgin Islands.
Apple’s completely legal tax avoidance strategies bring the total the company has sheltered from the US tax authorities to $94bn, according to a Sunday Times analysis.
Corporation tax on Apple’s overseas operations amount to just 1.9pc of profits, compared with a tax rate of up to 24pc in the UK and 35pc in the US.
Apple is estimated to have avoided more than Â£550m in tax in Britain in 2011. Its latest accounts show UK turnover at just over Â£1bn and profit at Â£81.3m, generating a tax bill of Â£14.4m.
However, analysis of its filings in America suggest a more realistic figure for UK turnover is Â£6.7bn. This would imply an estimated profit of Â£2.2bn and, at the then corporation tax rate of 26pc, a Â£570m tax bill, the Sunday Times reports.