01.07.10

Gemini version available ♊︎

Microsoft Denounced Again by Former Employee for Not Paying Washington Tax; Bill Gates Increases Washington (DC) Influence

Posted in Bill Gates, Finance, Fraud, Microsoft at 12:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft and Bill Gates are still avoiding the payment of tax which everyone else in Washington is paying; new insights into Microsoft’s partial control of national policies

MR. Reifman, a former Microsoft employee who has been pointing out Microsoft’s massive tax dodge [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], argues that Microsoft owes Washington over a billion dollars in tax money*. Bill Gates too has managed to dodge Washington taxes by putting his money inside a tax-exempt investment shell.

These people are screwing the taxpayers of the United States and Reifman is not shy to once again denounce his old bosses and call for federal action against them.

In other words, while Washington cities and state agencies think they are buying local, they’re actually purchasing software through a scheme designed to provide cover for Microsoft to evade the state’s B & O Royalty Tax.

Over the past twelve years, Microsoft has avoided paying an estimated $1.24 billion in taxes, interest and penalties on its software licensing revenue. Washington State’s current projected budget deficit is $2.6 billion.

Sadly, Microsoft has so much political power that it is likely to keep the law “fixed” such that it can carry on paying next to 0% in tax.

Using Gates’ investments vehicle, the influence in the United States government is increasing further. We have mentioned Rajiv Shah in the following recent posts. He is also gaining influence in the government now.

Shah has this new profile of him at the National Journal. It shows his very strong ties to the interests of Microsoft’s Gates.

David Lane, who now leads the anti-poverty campaign ONE, was opening the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Washington office in 2001 when he discovered Shah. Shah had an M.D. and master’s degree in economics and had put in stints as a health care policy adviser to Al Gore’s presidential campaign and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D). But he had almost no connections to development.

Lane hired the 28-year-old, despite the puzzlement of some executives back in Seattle, because he was a “smart guy who understood economics.” It didn’t take long for the foundation to realize Shah’s potential and spirit him away to the West Coast. “It went from, ‘Who’s this Raj Shah?’ to ‘Get me that Raj Shah,’” Lane said.

Not only Microsoft has enormous influence over/inside the government. Last week we gave the Copyright Cartel as an example.

It is encouraging to see that some people — including Microsoft veterans — are beginning to speak up about such issues. Some of this is unprecedented although one former manager from Microsoft also helped expose financial fraud inside the company [1, 2, 3].
___
* Microsoft has similar schemes going on outside the United States. In Europe, for instance, the tax haven is located in Ireland [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

A Single Comment

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Gravatar

    Bill’s a one-trick pony. Based on his past antics, his visit to DC was probably an attempt into bullying the incumbent US President into toeing the Anti-American, Microsoft Party Line, maybe accompanied to a ‘Too Big to Fail ™’ song-and-dance.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Reality Versus Fiction: EPO Insiders Versus EPO Web Site and UPC 'Churnalists'

    The "official" sources of the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as the sedated "media" that the EPO is bribing for further bias, cannot tell the truth about this very large institution; for proper examination of Europe's largest patent office one must pursue the interpretation by longtime veterans and insiders, who are increasingly upset and abused (they're being pressured to grant patents in violation of the charter of the EPO)



  2. Links 06/02/2023: Linux 6.2 RC7 and Fatal Earthquake

    Links for the day



  3. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 05, 2023

    IRC logs for Sunday, February 05, 2023



  4. Links 05/02/2023: Wayland in Bookworm and xvidtune 1.0.4

    Links for the day



  5. Links 05/02/2023: Pakistan Blocks Wikipedia, Musharraf Dies

    Links for the day



  6. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 04, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 04, 2023



  7. Links 04/02/2023: FOSDEM Happening and Ken Thompson in SoCal Linux Expo

    Links for the day



  8. 2023 is the Year Taxpayers' Money Goes to War and Energy Subsidies, Not Tech

    Now that a lot of powerful and omnipresent ‘tech’ (spying and policing) companies are rotting away we have golden opportunities to bring about positive change and maybe even recruit technical people for good causes



  9. Getting Back to Productive Computer Systems Would Benefit Public Health and Not Just Boost Productivity

    “Smartphoneshame” (shaming an unhealthy culture of obsession with “apps”) would potentially bring about a better, more sociable society with fewer mental health crises and higher productivity levels



  10. Links 04/02/2023: This Week in KDE and Many More Tech Layoffs

    Links for the day



  11. Dotcom Boom and Bust, Round 2

    The age of technology giants/monopolies devouring everything or military-funded (i.e. taxpayers-subsidised) surveillance/censorship tentacles, in effect privatised eyes of the state, may be ending; the United States can barely sustain that anymore and raising the debt ceiling won't solve that (buying time isn't the solution)



  12. Society Would Benefit From a Smartphoneshame Movement

    In a society plagued by blackmail, surveillance and frivolous lawsuits it is important to reconsider the notion of “smart” phone ownership; these devices give potentially authoritarian companies and governments far too much power over people (in the EU they want to introduce new legislation that would, in effect, ban Free software if it enables true privacy)



  13. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 03, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, February 03, 2023



  14. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 02, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 02, 2023



  15. Links 03/02/2023: Proton 7.0-6 Released, ScummVM 2.7 Testing

    Links for the day



  16. Links 03/02/2023: OpenSSH 9.2 and OBS Studio 29.0.1

    Links for the day



  17. Links 03/02/2023: GNU C Library 2.37

    Links for the day



  18. Sirius Finished

    Yesterday I was sent a letter approving my resignation from Sirius ‘Open Source’, two months after I had already announced that I was resigning with immediate effect; they sent an identical letter to my wife (this time, unlike before, they remembered to also change the names!!)



  19. The Collapse of Sirius in a Nutshell: How to Identify the Symptoms and Decide When to Leave

    Sirius is finished, but it's important to share the lessons learned with other people; there might be other "pretenders" out there and they need to be abandoned



  20. Links 03/02/2023: WINE 8.1 and RapidDisk 9.0.0

    Links for the day



  21. Links 02/02/2023: KDE Gear 22.12.2 and LibreOffice 7.5

    Links for the day



  22. Linux News or Marketing Platform?

    Ads everywhere: Phoronix puts them at the top, bottom, navigation bar, left, and right just to read some Microsoft junk (puff pieces about something that nobody other than Microsoft even uses); in addition there are pop-ups asking for consent to send visitors’ data to hundreds of data brokers



  23. Daily Links at Techrights Turn 15, Time to Give Them an Upgrade

    This year we have several 15-year anniversaries; one of them is Daily Links (it turned 15 earlier this week) and we've been working to improve these batches of links, making them a lot more extensive and somewhat better structured/clustered



  24. Back to Focusing on Unified Patent Court (UPC) Crimes and Illegal Patent Agenda, Including the EPO's

    The EPO's (European Patent Office, Europe's second-largest institution) violations of constitutions, laws and so on merit more coverage, seeing that what's left of the "media" not only fails to cover scandalous things but is actively cheering for criminals (in exchange for money)



  25. European Patent Office Staff Votes in Favour of Freedom of Association (97% of Voters in Support)

    The Central Staff Committee (CSC) at the EPO makes a strong case for António Campinos to stop breaking and law and actually start obeying court orders (he’s no better than Benoît Battistelli and he uses worse language already)



  26. Links 02/02/2023: Glibc 2.37 and Go 1.20

    Links for the day



  27. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 01, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 01, 2023



  28. Links 01/02/2023: Security Problems, Unrest, and More

    Links for the day



  29. Links 01/02/2023: Stables Kernels and Upcoming COSMIC From System76

    Links for the day



  30. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 31, 2023


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts