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Tussling over taxes with Apple

Apple’s chief executive faced down criticism Tuesday on Capitol Hill that his company sidestepped billions of dollars in taxes. Apple had supporters and detractors among the witnesses and members of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Timothy D. Cook — Apple CEO

“The tax system handicaps American corporations in relation to our foreign competitors who don’t have such constraints on the free movement of capital.”

J. Richard Harvey Jr. — Villanova Law School professor

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“In addition to demonstrating excellence in designing, building, and selling consumer products, Apple has been very successful at minimizing its global income tax burden.”

Rand Paul — Kentucky Republican

“I’m offended by the spectacle of dragging in Apple executives. What we need to do is apologize to Apple and compliment them for the job creation they’re doing.”

Carl Levin — Michigan Democrat

“Apple is a great company. But they don’t have a right to decide in my book how much in taxes they are going to pay and to whom they are going to pay them.”

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