American Corporations that Pay No Tax

I was shocked to discover that, in the U.S., 55 major corporations paid nothing in federal taxes on their 2020 profits. My personal tax bill is in the thousands. The shielding of the wealthy from taxation comes largely from Trump’s 2017 push to reduce taxes for the rich.

Biden is now working to reverse that change. He’ll be successful only if the Republicans fail to thwart him. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have offered legislation that would impose a 3 percent total annual tax on wealth exceeding $1 billion and 2 percent total annual tax on wealth from $50 million to $1 billion.

None of these changes will go forward unless Democrats are able to unify all their members in support of the proposed legislation. If even one Democratic senator balks, the legislation will likely fail.

My sense is that we may have to wait until after the 2022 elections. I suspect that, thanks to Trump and his supporters, the Republicans will suffer an historic defeat. Then we can move ahead on creating fair taxation in the U.S.

2 thoughts on “American Corporations that Pay No Tax”

  1. Tom, my understanding is that Amazon paid federal taxes in 2020 after two years of paying zero dollars. And what they did pay, came down to about 1. 2% of their total pre-tax income reported. You don’t need a CPA to understand that isn’t right. I can’t see how any American, R, D, or Independent, can’t agree on that.


    1. I didn’t know about Amazon, Rose. Thank you. My sense is that we can trust Biden to make our tax laws fair again, but the Republican’s will do all they can to stop him.


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