Corporate Welfare for Goldman Sachs, Walmart and 2,700 Other Companies
According to investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, more than 2,700 companies have secret agreements to keep the state income tax they withhold from your paycheck.
Goldman Sachs, Walmart, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Proctor and Gamble, AMC Theaters, Toyota and Electrolux are but a few of the big name companies involved.
As Johnston writes in a 2011 Reuters column:
“Instead of paying for police, teachers, roads and other state and local services that grease the wheels of commerce, Illinois workers at these companies will subsidize their employers with the state income taxes they pay. The deal to let employers keep half or all of their workers’ state income taxes represents a dramatic expansion of a little-known trend in the law: diverting taxes from public purposes to private gain.”
As of April 2012, the states which have signed these secret agreements included Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah.
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