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Apple’s Turned the PC Market on its Head

The iPad’s devastation of PC market share (“Tablets To Grow 53.4% This Year, Says Gartner, As The Traditional PC declines 11.2%“) combined with Apple’s free release of Mavericks OS X struck me at how much the company’s flipped the dynamics of the industry. I worked at Microsoft from 1991 to 1999 as a Group Program Manager. One of the sacrosanct truths …

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Microsoft Executives Join Facebook PAC Promoting Keystone KXL and ANWR Drilling

We’ve discussed at length the Nevada tax dodge run by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and General Counsel Brad Smith. Well, they’ve joined FWD.US, the PAC run by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – which is funding ads to promote drilling in ANWR and completion of the tar sands driven Keystone KXL pipeline (via Grist).

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The Seattle Times Executive Editor Covering Microsoft’s CEO Handshake

The Seattle Times failure to cover Microsoft’s $1.5 billion Nevada tax dodge is finally in the news again this week: The Stranger’s Slog Seattle Times Realizes Microsoft’s Running the Legislature, Slashdot Former Microsoft Managers Now In Charge of Washington State’s Budget and KEXP’s Mind Over Matter’s segment hosted me this morning for 30 minutes on the topic (mp3 to be posted). In the …

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Seattle Dance Clubs Fundraise to Pay Microsoft’s Tax Bill

In April 2010, Washington State’s Legislature changed the definition of its software royalty tax and effectively granted amnesty to Microsoft, helping the company lock up $1.51 billion in savings from its thirteen-year Nevada tax dodge – and more than $100 million annually each year into the future. This is also when the state’s Department of Revenue began reinterpreting an obscure decades …

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Hunter’s Promised Royalty Tax Revenue Never Materialized

But the point of adding only royalty tax apportionment (out of scores of other B&O classifications) to the 2010 services apportionment bill was never meant to generate additional revenue, it was meant to eliminate the issue of Microsoft’s worldwide licensing revenue being taxable. Hunter’s apportionment of the royalty tax shielded all of Microsoft’s licensing revenue (except sales to Washington State …

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The Third Anniversary of Washington State’s Big Tax Gift to Microsoft

Wednesday will be the third anniversary of the biggest corporate tax break in Washington State history. On April 10, 2010, the Legislature changed the definition of the state’s royalty tax and effectively granted amnesty to Microsoft, helping the company lock up $1.51 billion in savings from its thirteen-year Nevada tax dodge. The changes were led by Rep. Ross Hunter, Chair …

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New York Times Focus on Corporate Tax Incentives, Washington State and Microsoft

In early December, The New York Times published a series on corporate tax incentives across the country. They also provided a state by state reporting view online (here’s the link for Washington State’s corporate tax incentives). Washington state grants $2.35 billion to corporations annually (about 15 cents of every dollar of the budget). Not surprisingly, Microsoft tops the list of …

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