5 January 2012 0 Comments

General Electric Corporatist Part 1: Jeffrey Immelt Works the System

General Electric, one of the largest corporations in America, filed a whopping 57,000-page federal tax return earlier this year but didn’t pay taxes on $14 billion in profits. Nov 17, 2011 Weekly Standard By John McCormack

Smiling like the cat who ate the canary , 1% GE President Jeffrey Immelt knows how to work the system.

 

President Obama applauds GE President Jeffrey Immelt

The fact that GE paid no taxes in 2010 was widely reported earlier this year, but the size of its tax return first came to light when House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan (R, Wisc.) made the case for corporate tax reform at a recent townhall meeting. “GE was able to utilize all of these various loopholes, all of these various deductions–it’s legal,” Ryan said. Nine billion dollars of GE’s profits came overseas, outside the jurisdiction of U.S. tax law. GE wasn’t taxed on $5 billion in U.S. profits because it utilized numerous deductions and tax credits, including tax breaks for investments in low-income housing, green energy, research and development, as well as depreciation of property.

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