Bonum Certa Men Certa

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



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].

Comments

Recent Techrights' Posts

A farewell to Finland, an occupied territory
Finland, Finland, Finland
 
You Are Not The Only One
Reprinted with permission from Cyber Show (C|S)
GNU/Linux in Monaco: From 0.3% to Almost 6%
Monaco is a small country
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
IRC logs for Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Microsoft Has Lost Cote D'ivoire (Ivory Coast), Where Android Now Exceeds 60% of the Operating Systems' 'Market Share'
According to statCounter anyway
The Rumour Said Later Today Red Hat (IBM) Might Announce Layoffs
Let's see what happens later today (or next week)
Governments That Fail Journalism
Australia is known for giving us pure garbage like Rupert Murdoch
Windows Has Fallen From 'Grace'
When you tell people that Microsoft watches their every move in Windows many of them will freak out and ask for alternatives
Serbia: GNU/Linux at Almost 4% (or Beyond if ChromeOS is Counted)
considerable growth for GNU/Linux
Links 22/05/2024: China in Other Countries' Islands, Growing Threat of Piracy
Links for the day
Gemini Links 22/05/2024: Freedom Through Limitation, Cloud Photos
Links for the day
Canonical Supports Monopoly
more of the same
Links 22/05/2024: "Copilot+" as Mass Surveillance and Microsoft Defying Consent in Scarlett Johansson's Case
Links for the day
[Meme] Escalating After Failures
4 stages of cancel culture
Red Hat Had 2+ Days to Deny Reports of Impending Layoffs. But Red Hat Chose to Keep Silent.
Red Hat DOES NOT deny layoffs on the way
Microsoft-Connected Person Was Threatening to Sue Me and to Sue My Wife (Because His Feelings Were Hurt After Had He Spent More Than a Decade Defaming Me and Violating My Family's Dignity, Privacy)
litigation was chosen and we shall defend everything we wrote
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
IRC logs for Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Attempts to Sink the Free Software Movement (Under the Guise of Saving It)
We can see who's being drowned
Czech Republic: Windows Down From 98% to 43%, GNU/Linux Rises to Over 3%
modest gains for GNU/Linux
Links 22/05/2024: Pixar Layoffs and More Speculation About Microsoft Shutdowns/Layoffs (Ninja Theory)
Links for the day
Microsoft-Connected Sites Trying to Shift Attention Away From Microsoft's Megabreach Only Days Before Important If Not Unprecedented Grilling by the US Government?
Why does the mainstream media not entertain the possibility a lot of these talking points are directed out of Redmond?
Gemini Links 21/05/2024: Caesar II for MS-DOS and Reinventing the Assertion Wheel
Links for the day
Internal Memos/Communications Hinting at "a New, But Masked, Round of Layoffs" at Red Hat
A negative outlook heads of a long weekend
Nigeria: Windows Down to 6%, Android at All-Time High of 77%
Google is becoming the "new monopoly" in some places
[Video] Microsoft's Attack on Education
Microsoft's cult-like activities and overt entryism
[Meme] Money In, No Money Out (Granting Loads of Invalid European Patents)
EPO production?
Staff Representation at the EPO Has Just Explained to Heads of Delegations (National Delegates) Why the EPO's Financial Study is Another Hoax
Here we are again 5 years later
Canonical and Red Hat Are Not Competing With Microsoft Anymore
What a shame they hired so many people from Microsoft...
Links 21/05/2024: "Hating Apple Goes Mainstream", Lots of Coverage About Julian Assange Ruling
Links for the day
Gemini Links 21/05/2024: Losing Fats and Modern XMPP
Links for the day
Microsoft Windows Used to Have Nearly 100% in China and Now Google Has 50% (With Android)
Will China bring about a faster "fall" for Microsoft?
Pursuing a Case With No Prospects (Because It's "Funny")
the perpetrators are taking a firm that's considered notorious
GNU/Linux Growing Worldwide (the Story So Far!)
Microsoft is unable to stop GNU/Linux
GNU/Linux in Honduras: From 0.28% to 6%
Honduras remains somewhat of a hotspot
Good News From Manchester and London, Plus High Productivity in Techrights
what has happened and what's coming
[Video] The 'Linux' Foundation Cannot be Repaired Anymore (It Sold Out)
We might need to accept that the Linux Foundation lost its way
Links 21/05/2024: Tesla Layoffs and Further Free Speech Perils Online
Links for the day
Gemini Links 21/05/2024: New Gemini Reader and Gemini Games
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 20, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, May 20, 2024