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STOP DODGING TAXES: Pay your FAIR SHARE of global, national, and state taxes!

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Whereas you claim to (Bill and Melinda Gates) support vulnerable children and families in Washington State.  We also work to address issues of social inequity and poverty in Washington State.” – The Gates Foundation, and;

Whereas Microsoft's vison statement is as follows: "Our vision is to create innovative technology that is accessible to everyone and that adapts to each person's needs. Accessible technology eliminates barriers for people with disabilities and it enables individuals to take full advantage of their capabilities." —Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation, and;

Whereas Microsoft admits to keeping $92 billion in US profits offshore to avoid paying $29.6 billion in US taxes, and;

Whereas Microsoft dodges paying taxes around the globe that causes hardships to the world's most vulnerable citizens, and;

Whereas we can conservatively estimate Microsoft’s savings from lobbying and dodging the state royalty tax between 1997 and 2014 at $5.34 billion and if we factor in interest and the Department of Revenue’s typical 25 percent penalty on unpaid corporate taxes, Microsoft owes Washington State $8.16 billion (see Scenario B) - (Jeff Reifman, Crosscut), and;

Whereas the facilities and employees that built and sold Microsoft's software overwhelmingly exist in Redmond, and Washington State could challenge Microsoft Nevada's accounting as an illegal step doctrine, and;

Whereas Microsoft's $29.6 billion in US tax evasion has contributed to severe budget cuts across all state and federal budgets, and;

Whereas hiding Microsoft's profits in tax havens threatens to significantly reduce U.S. corporate tax receipts during an era marked by government budget deficits. (David Sirota, 2014), and;

Whereas the taxes dodged in Washington State of an estimated $8.16 billion is more than enough to fully fund public education under the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, and;

Therefore; we demand Microsoft, Bill Gates, and Steve Balmer immediately STOP DODGING global, US, and Washington State taxes.  Pay your fair share. Pay the $29.6 billion (plus interest) you owe US tax payers and the $8.16 billion (plus interest) you owe Washington State.



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