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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:28 PM

When It Comes to Corporate Tax Havens, Who Needs the Caymans---To Delaware, With Love

This article appearing in the Sunday Business Section of the NY Times is loaded with "I didn't know that" information.
Maybe I'm just clueless, but thought I'd share.

NOTHING about 1209 North Orange Street hints at the secrets inside.

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But behind its doors is one of the most remarkable corporate collections in the world: 1209 North Orange, you see, is the legal address of no fewer than 285,000 separate businesses.

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In these troubled economic times, when many states are desperate for tax dollars, Delaware stands out in sharp relief. The First State, land of DuPont, broiler chickens and, as it happens, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., increasingly resembles a freewheeling offshore haven, right on America’s shores. Officials in other states complain that Delaware’s cozy corporate setup robs their states of billions of tax dollars. Officials in the Cayman Islands, a favorite Caribbean haunt of secretive hedge funds, say Delaware is today playing faster and looser than the offshore jurisdictions that raise hackles in Washington.

And international bodies, most recently the World Bank, are increasingly pointing fingers at the state.

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It is also a great place to reduce a tax bill. Delaware today regularly tops lists of domestic and foreign tax havens because it allows companies to lower their taxes in another state — for instance, the state in which they actually do business or have their headquarters — by shifting royalties and similar revenues to holding companies in Delaware, where they are not taxed. In tax circles, the arrangement is known as “the Delaware loophole.” Over the last decade, the Delaware loophole has enabled corporations to reduce the taxes paid to other states by an estimated $9.5 billion.



To read the entire article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/business/how-delaware-thrives-as-a-corporate-tax-haven.html?pagewanted=1&ref=business

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Reply When It Comes to Corporate Tax Havens, Who Needs the Caymans---To Delaware, With Love (Original post)
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Ruby the Liberal Jul 2012 #1
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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:48 PM

1. Ever winder why your credit cards always seem to come from Delaware or South Dakota?

Cheap banking and loose regulations.

Incorporating in Delaware (regardless of your business) is like incorporating in Somalia and having your mail forwarded to wherever the people are.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:36 PM

2. This is more than credit cards...this is

giants like American Airlines, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Ford, General Electric, Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Wal-Mart. These companies do business across the nation and around the world.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:54 PM

3. I know.

Hence the second sentence "regardless of what your business is".

Delaware is a haven for incorporation due to ease and lax regulation.

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