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For Some Big Firms, CEO Pay Tops Tax Bill

Posted on Aug 31, 2011
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John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, was paid $12.4 million last year, while the company got a $131 million refund on its 2010 federal taxes.

Compensation for 25 of the highest-paid U.S. CEOs exceeded the amount their corporations paid in taxes in 2010, according to a study published by a Washington think tank Wednesday.

General Electric’s Jeff Immelt, Boeing’s Jim McNerney and eBay’s John Donahoe were among the high-earning CEOs featured in the Institute for Policy Studies’ report, making $15.2 million, $13.8 million and $12.4 million in 2010 respectively. Company spokespersons balked at the findings, calling them “inaccurate” and “simply wrong.” A majority of the firms reviewed reduced their tax obligations by using offshore tax shelters. —ARK


Twenty-five of the 100 highest paid U.S. CEOs earned more last year than their companies paid in federal income tax, a pay study by a Washington think tank said on Wednesday.

At a time when lawmakers are facing tough choices in a quest to slash the national debt, the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-leaning group, said it also found many of the companies spent more on lobbying than they did on taxes.

... The institute compared CEO pay to current U.S. taxes paid, excluding foreign and state and local taxes that may have been paid, as well as deferred taxes which can often be far larger than current taxes paid.

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By PatrickHenry, August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment


Another psychopathic portrait of a poster.

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By GW=MCHammered, August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment
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Is this what our governmeant?

Seems it’s a bend-over puppy for greedy white guys. Wassup with that? Coup-Che’ Coup-Che’ Coup, anyone? Probably not. Then try this…

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By EmileZ, August 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment

@ the headline

Is this supposed to be a good thing???

@Patrick Henry

sigh, or heavy sigh as you please, you can’t escape your past dealings with EmileZ!!!!

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By PatrickHenry, August 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

What’s wrong with this picture?

Heavy sigh, everything.

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