Anyway, I was really struck by this quote from the NYT:
Is California somehow entitled to that money? Because that's the only way I can see that would justify the statement that Apple is "sidestepping" state income taxes.Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those gains.California’s corporate tax rate is 8.84 percent. Nevada’s? Zero.Setting up an office in Reno is just one of many legal methods Apple uses to reduce its worldwide tax bill by billions of dollars each year.
Almost every major corporation tries to minimize its taxes, of course. For Apple, the savings are especially alluring because the company’s profits are so high. Wall Street analysts predict Apple could earn up to $45.6 billion in its current fiscal year — which would be a record for any American business.Well no kidding! Making money for its owners is the primary, some would say only, purpose of a corporation. While it may be good practice to be a "good corporate citizen" or whatever other description people use to get companies to pay for something, that's not their purpose.
People who don't realize that don't have the slightest grasp of economics.