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Friday, May 3, 2013

My appearance on "The Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann

Here is a link for my appearance on Thom Hartmann last night.

One of the things brought up was a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies and Campaign for America's Future showing that the CEOs behind "Fix the Debt" have benefited from tax breaks for executive compensation to the tune of about $1 billion in 2009-11, for just those companies. This tax break lets companies count pay using stock options -- which doesn't cost the companies anything -- as if it were cash pay and thus deduct it against corporate income. According to Citizens for Tax Justice (via Common Dreams and Huffington Post), the Fortune 500 saved $11.2 billion with this loophole in 2012. Apple alone profited by $3.2 billion from 2010 to 2012 from this tax break.

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