15 April 2014

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Walmart gets 7.8$ Billion subsidy from US Government

Walmart gets 7.8$ Billion subsidy from US Government

According to new report published by AmericansForTaxFairness Walmart is the beneficiary of billions of dollars per year in federal subsidies

Walmart is the largest private employer in the United States, 1 with 1.4 million employees
The Walton family, which owns more than 50 percent of Walmart shares

Walmart and the Walton family receive tax breaks and taxpayer subsidies estimated at
More than $7.8 billion a year – that is enough money to hire 105,000 new public school

Walmart receives an estimated $6.2 billion annually in mostly federal taxpayer
The reason:
Walmart pays its employees so little that many of them rely
On food stamps, health care and other taxpayer-funded programs

Walmart avoids an estimated $1 billion in federal taxes each year.
The reason:
Walmart uses tax breaks and loopholes, including a strategy known as accelerated
Depreciation that allows it to write off capital investments considerably faster than
The assets actually wear out.

The Waltons avoid an estimated $607 million in federal taxes on their Walmart
The reason:
Income from investments is taxed at a much lower tax rate than income from salaries and wages.

In addition to the $7.8 billion in annual subsidies and tax breaks, the Walton family is
Avoiding an estimated $3 billion in taxes by using specialized trusts to dodge estate
Taxes – and this number could increase by tens of billions of dollars.

Walmart also benefits significantly from taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that
Pump up the retailer’s sales.
For example, Walmart had an estimated $13.5 billion in food stamp sales last year

Walmart - Cost to taxpayers of Walmart workers relying on public assistance programs due to low wages and benefits

Cost to tax payers - $6.2 billion

Walmart - Cost of federal tax breaks benefiting Walmart

Cost to tax payers - $1 billion

Walmart - Cost of direct economic development subsidies by state and local governments

Cost to tax payers - $70 million

Walmart - Cost of preferential tax rate on Walmart divi-dends claimed by the Walton family

Cost to tax payers - $607 million

Walmart - Cost of tax avoidance by Walton family through use of special estate tax trusts

Cost to tax payers - $3 billion potential for additional tens of billions

Walmart - Estimated annual revenue from food stamp sales

Cost to tax payers - $13.5 billion

U.S. Taxpayers Subsidize Walmart’s Low Wages and Low Benefits:  $6.2 Billion a Year
This $6.2 billion estimate is based on a study prepared by the Democratic Staff of
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce in May 2013.9
The study estimated the cost to Wisconsin’s taxpayers of Walmart’s low wages and benefits, which often force workers to rely on various public assistance programs.
It found that a single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.

Walmart saved an estimated $5.1 billion in federal income taxes from 2008 to 2012, or an
Average of $1 billion a year, due to federal tax breaks and loopholes, according to Citizens
For Tax Justice (CTJ).16
Those tax breaks enabled Walmart to lower its federal tax rate from the statutory rate of 35 percent17 to an average of 29.1 percent over the five years.   

To get this lower tax rate, CTJ notes that Walmart utilized various tax breaks, including
A strategy known as “accelerated depreciation,” which allows “companies to write off
Their capital investments considerably faster than the assets actually wear out.”

The report notes that “this ‘accelerated depreciation’ is technically a tax deferral, but so long
As a company continues to invest, the tax deferral tends to be indefinite.”
The Center for American Progress has noted that, “Accelerated depreciation in general should be
Thought of as a multibillion-dollar federal spending program that subsidizes business

Walmart has consistently used its substantial political power to support cuts in corporate
Currently, Walmart is a member of at least three business coalitions that lobby
Congress to lower corporate tax rates.20

The company spent more than $41 million lobbying Congress between 2008 and 2013 and listed taxes as its top lobbying issue for the last four years.21

Walmart recently disclosed that it holds $21.4 billion in undistributed earnings overseas, which are not subject to the U.S. corporate income tax until they are brought home that is America
Good Jobs First (GJF) estimates that Walmart has received more than $1.2 billion in economic
Development subsidies over the last two decades, and that the company receives $70
Million in subsidies annually from state and local governments.

The Walton family enjoys enormous tax savings because the vast majority of its income
Comes in the form of capital gains and dividends, which are taxed at a much lower
Rate than wage income

The Waltons received approximately $3.1 billion in Walmart dividends alone in 2013.28 we estimate the tax savings to the Waltons on this income amounts to $607 million, based on a capital gains tax rate of 20 percent compared with the top marginal tax rate of 39.6 percent on wages and salaries

Source - ATF Report
About - ATF
Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of national, state and local organizations united in support of a tax system that works for all Americans
More than 400 national and state-based organizations have come together to support Americans for Tax Fairness

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Renu April 16, 2014  

good that you posted this..my daughter nevr shops there because they are exploiting their labour..

rudraprayaga April 17, 2014  

Survival of the crooked.Thank you for this info.