Should U.S. And Global Regulators Take a Bigger Tax Bite Out of Technology Companies? - A Case on Apple's International Tax Minimization and Reporting Strategies

Posted: 2 Aug 2015

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Mark A. Holtzblatt

Cleveland State University

John Geekie

Cleveland State University

Norbert Tschakert

Salem State University; Salem State University

Date Written: July 30, 2015

Abstract

This case provides students with an opportunity to examine the international tax minimization and reporting strategies of Apple Inc. (Apple) and other technology companies, as well as the related U.S. congressional investigations into “Offshore Profit Shifting and the U.S. Tax Code.” The case also addresses supranational and foreign governmental efforts focusing on these global tax issues. Apple has been able to minimize its overall tax bill by utilizing techniques to shift income to lower tax jurisdictions. Students are required to research and critically analyze tax and accounting issues related to Apple’s tax minimization strategies, as well as the related U.S. and international regulatory investigations. The case learning objectives include understanding the importance of tax minimization and reporting strategies, increasing knowledge of congressional concerns toward multinational tax strategies, and improving awareness of foreign governments’ and supranational organizations’ criticisms of multinational tax minimization. The case can be used in undergraduate and graduate level International Accounting, Corporate Taxation, and International Taxation classes.

Keywords: international taxation; transfer pricing; Subpart F; tax repatriation holiday; deferred taxes; offshore profit shifting, OECD, EU, international accounting, accounting, taxation

Suggested Citation

Holtzblatt, Mark A. and Geekie, John and Tschakert, Norbert and Tschakert, Norbert, Should U.S. And Global Regulators Take a Bigger Tax Bite Out of Technology Companies? - A Case on Apple's International Tax Minimization and Reporting Strategies (July 30, 2015). Issues in Accounting Education, Vol., 2015 Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2638284

Mark A. Holtzblatt (Contact Author)

Cleveland State University ( email )

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Cleveland, OH 44114
United States
216-875-9711 (Phone)

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John Geekie

Cleveland State University ( email )

1860 E 18th St #420
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States
216-687-4723 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://facultyprofile.csuohio.edu/csufacultyprofile/detail.cfm?FacultyID=J_GEEKIE

Norbert Tschakert

Salem State University ( email )

352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970-5353
United States
9785426627 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://directory.salemstate.edu/profile/norbert.tschakert

Salem State University ( email )

352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970-5353
United States
978-542-6627 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://directory.salemstate.edu/profile/norbert.tschakert

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