FROM Chris Matyszczyk
Apple, Ireland and corporate tax avoidance This week, the European Union made big news by announcing that Apple owes Ireland $14.5 billion worth of back taxes . Apple, Ireland, the Obama Administration and Congress all said that was wrong. Why does Apple have to pay taxes there? It's American law. US companies can find tax havens overseas, and Irish taxes are one third of what they are here. Despite its shiny image, critics say, Apple's no different than Anheuser-Busch, Google, Starbucks or Burger King. Apple says it's taking advantage of “legal incentives,” and Washington says that's okay. But, what's the cost to small business, the middle class and the poor?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?