First off, read joyoftech.com this morning... that pretty much sums up the motivations of the print media industry.
Second, 'sidestepping' sounds like 'illegally underpaid," It is not, so it's not that bad.
And yes, everyone is doing it. I read the same thing about Amazon's and Google's Offshore accounts (the Double Irish Double Dutch Cayman connection) last year.
As for Nevada. Wow. Who'd a thunk it. Apple created jobs in the State of Nevada? and California is complaining... Oh wait, the jobs are about setting up a storefront and claiming that store holds all the profits... Bad Bad Apple... Oh,
Except... I bet you can't name a Bank or Credit Card issues that isn't incorporated in Delaware. Heck most corporations (60% of the F500) incorporate in Delaware. On the first count... why? Because Delaware has relaxed Usury laws (why is that 24.99% rate for missing one payment legal... Delaware law?). Otherwise all the rest of the laws are there to protect the corporation from a shareholder revolt.
Oh and one more thing... income 'earned' outside of Delaware is not subject to corporate income tax, so it's not double taxed.
Anyone writing articles about Goldman Sachs?
Anyone writing about JP Morgan Chase?
Apple... incorporated in California. So, that angle couldn't stick
Does anyone write articles or march to Olympia WA or Washington DC and make USBank incorporate in Washington state to support the REIVisa card which 'looks' like it's part of REI, based in Seattle?
Nah... because they aren't THE BIGGEST FASTEST GROWING MEGANASTYCORPORATION THAT HAS IT'S PRODUCTS IN EVERY POCKET OF EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET, USING SLAVE LABOR TO ASSEMBLE POISONOUS COMPONENTS IN CHINA, AND FLEECING STATES AND LITTLE OLD LADIES OF THEIR HARD EARNED TAX MONIES (because you know, if Apple isn't paying it, some old lady on the pension has to).
I personally think that Exxon sort of likes having Apple at #1.... ;-)