President Barack Obama has blasted American multinationals that move to Ireland to cut their tax bill. In his toughest comments yet on the subject, he accused big US corporations of trying to play “the system” by “magically becoming Irish” through so-called tax inversion deals. “I don't care if it's legal, it's wrong,” Mr Obama said. “It sticks you for the tab to make up for what they're stashing offshore.”Link. Here's Judge Learned Hand (probably the most-influential jurist in U.S. history among judges who never made it to the Supreme Court) on the subject:
Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant.I read the Hand quote back in law school. Apparently, they don't teach such things at Harvard Law School.
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