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I've never said that Apple is different from any other comparable companies in their tax arrangements, or that this is anything particularly new, I've just been talking about Apple because (in case you haven't noticed) this is an Apple-focussed message board.  I also don't dispute that politicians should have made changes to prevent this a long time ago.   But fine, block me, it seems like the beneficiary of this exchange was only ever going to be you, so it's your loss.
I don't understand, is this subject to Apple's 30% cut?  If not, why would Apple allow the use of it in apps from the App Store?
Crikey, are we going to go through all the possible dodges I might have committed in my life?  No, I have never taken a trip to France/Belgium solely to stock up on booze.  I don't think I've ever bought anything from duty free that I didn't have the intention of consuming then and there.
 Sure, I've got no problem with that, I think free trade has a pretty heavy negative side that has been largely brushed under the carpet over the past few decades. Personally I'd rather any levy be connected to something more honourable than just preventing competition - i.e. linking it to conditions for workers, health and safety records, universal education, universal availability of legal representation, anti-corruption measures, human rights etc, which would pressure...
 As any software programmer knows, the user will always find a way to use software in an unexpected way.  That doesn't imply a lack of knowledge on the part of the programmer, just the impossibility of thoroughly predicting people.
Are you not reading the thread? Even if I did take pains to ensure I claimed every legal deduction I'm entitled to, that's not the same thing as what Apple are doing.  Tax deductions are offered for very specific purposes and are part of the normal system of tax (I'm sure there may be exceptions to this, but they're really not important to the point I'm making).  What Apple is doing in Ireland, by "registering" the international operation there, but not "controlling" it,...
I've already been over this,  "Dodging" doesn't imply illegality, it just implies avoidance.  The LA Dodgers aren't named that because they're a bunch of cheats who break the rules, they're named it to imply they are nimble and get around their opponents.  While is a pretty accurate description of what Apple does regarding tax authorities. What allegations?  That they don't pay much tax?  I think it's you who need to get out from under your rock, as this is very widely...
You do that with Amazon Prime? That's pretty stupid, why don't you cancel it? Plus, you don't get your money back if you stop using your Mac for a month either, so it's a pretty moot attempt at a point.
Just like the iWork apps are "free" to anyone who bought a >$500 Computer, right?
Get real, whether or not they've acted illegally (I suspect they haven't) the idea that Apple haven't gamed the system is absurd. Of course they have, and they've done it very well, and earned themselves a staggeringly low effective tax rate on internal profits.
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