Exclusive: U.S. taxpayers' virus relief went to firms that avoided U.S. tax

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Exclusive: The Paycheck Protection Program is giving millions of dollars in American taxpayer money to firms that have avoided paying U.S. tax, a Reuters investigation found

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Zagg has booked much of its profit through small companies in far-off Ireland and the Cayman Islands, its filings show. The program, which provides low-interest loans that are forgivable if companies use most of the money to pay employees, has been widely criticised for problems ranging from early bottlenecks that prevented small businesses from receiving money, to confusion that led millions of dollars to be handed out to relatively affluent firms.

But when it comes to corporate taxes paid to the U.S. government, the 11-page application form contains no conditions. The Reuters analysis covers only a fraction of the program: Officials haven’t yet detailed who received loans. Private companies have gotten most of them so far. They seldom reveal such information, unlike publicly-traded firms.

Patriot Corp owns intellectual property for Zagg, such as brands and patents. According to the latest available filings, which cover 2018, it licensed rights to these to another Ireland-based Zagg subsidiary, Zagg International Distribution Ltd. That company sold Zagg’s products outside the United States, according to company accounts and websites.

Twelve — including Zagg — reported their tax affairs had triggered a U.S. government levy designed to stop tax avoidance.


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And how many of those laid off a bunch of people anyway?

Did you ask Planned Parenthood how much they paid in taxes?

This is Stupid & Grift doing the stupid and grift yet again. This is why we need an actual SecondParty because the same people keep getting all the free money and other get the $1200 or less kick in the head.

Slimy thieves

If I were a conspiracy theorist I would point out how COVID19 shutdown essential business rules, reopening schedules & relief fund payouts were effective tactics in an overall corperate strategy to rid us of those pesky small business & startup ventures. Big money makes the rules

These are companies that have Congress or the Senate in their pocket and get loopholes written into law’s

Which is really rich, as my very small business paid taxes last year yet didn’t need to apply for stimulus. So what are THEY doing wrong that they needed taxpayer support? Or better question, what are they trying to get away with?

octobadger1 Great oversight by the Trump administration.

Holy cow, that’s some looting if I ever understood the word.

We see the resultsof economic inequality everyday in anger bitter divisions between working poor over what they see as limited resources in a $20 trillion economy controlled by a few billionaires. A basic income essential to unifying society calming tensions

The US provided relief to cruise companies, most (if not all) of whom are registered off shore for the express purpose of avoiding US taxes and regulations.


WUT? realDonaldTrump

Now do the cruise ship industry.


Of course, they're the ones running the country?

Disgusting, but typical of Trumps disregard for American Tax Payers. He only cares about using their money for Big Business to help his re-election.

Yup, it’s the way of the GOP. Get used to it.


When will the middle class wake the fuck up and stop supporting these companies. If we only bought what we need food, water etc. ...to live we can make the rules and the greedy fucks will be out of business. If you work for these companies sorry

So we find them and charge 50% on that money till paid back .....

NO one ever talks about this type of looting

Damn them! We need an EO for this...someone get realDonaldTrump on the phone! Now! The plastic yellow one. He likes that one. It rattles & plays singalong tunes. On a serious note--are we surprised that tax evaders are collecting pandemic relief? Trump is probably one of them.


It also went to everyday folks that don’t need it. Every elderly person collecting social security received a stimulus check which is completely odd

Cupboards bare national debt $21 trillion govts afraid to tax the rich even use the word tax especially with supporters. Govts need money to do what we need them to do and it cant come from $40k wage earners

Not a surprise. Just saying. SaveKansas VoteBlue2020

Again, thanks for letting me know, I was super worried about the rich. We can't have a guy with 400 million only having 399 million

Of course they did. Congress and the Admin. are giving money to those who give money back to them.

This seems to be the normal in any big business. It certainly needs to change.

Corporate welfare is more expensive than social programs.

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