Apple would have paid a tax rate of about 15 per cent last year,
far below the 25.2 per cent it reported, had it not used a form of
reserve accounting that sets it apart from other big US technology
The rare accounting treatment has helped to distract attention from Apple at a time when the tax-avoidance strategies of other cash- rich US tech firms, notably Google, have come under public attack, according to tax experts.
However, Apple's tax planning is likely to come under the microscope tomorrow when chief executive Tim Cook appears before the US Senate's permanent investigations subcommittee.
- Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2013
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