.... It's one thing to take advantage of tax breaks written into law for the purposes of tax relief in order to encourage economic growth and another to use bizarre international setups to get away with paying almost an order of magnitude less tax and then keeping it in a massive cash pile and not using it. They aren't the same thing at all. The intent of tax breaks is not to help insanely wealthy people build up huge piles of money they don't need and have no intention of using.
Marvin, here are some facts that should be considered before dumping on Apple, even 'tho it's popular these days to do so, : (1) Apple paid 6 Billion dollars to the us government and this year expects to pay closer to 7 Billion. That puts them near, or at the top of the list in paid taxes to the US government. (2) The government writes the tax code, not Apple. It's not Apple's responsibility to fix the mistakes of government. (3) Apple's after tax profits belong to all of the shareholders, most of whom are invested in pension funds, mutual funds, etc. I wouldn't classify those shareholders as : insanely wealthy people (who) build up huge piles of money they don't need and have no intention of using. (4) Finally, do you have the same feelings about the millions of citizens who use all of the deductions available to reduce their tax burden? Do you not use deductions to reduce your tax burden or do you "leave money on the table" to "encourage economic growth" ?