55 Corporations Paid $0 in Federal Taxes on 2020 Profits

 

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)

Apr 2, 2021

 

At least 55 of the largest corporations in America paid no federal corporate income taxes in their most recent fiscal year despite enjoying substantial pretax profits in the United States. This continues a decades-long trend of corporate tax avoidance by the biggest U.S. corporations, and it appears to be the product of long-standing tax breaks preserved or expanded by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) as well as the CARES Act tax breaks enacted in the spring of 2020.

 

The tax-avoiding companies represent various industries and collectively enjoyed almost $40.5 billion in U.S. pretax income in 2020, according to their annual financial reports. The statutory federal tax rate for corporate profits is 21 percent. The 55 corporations would have paid a collective total of $8.5 billion for the year had they paid that rate on their 2020 income. Instead, they received $3.5 billion in tax rebates.

 

Their total corporate tax breaks for 2020, including $8.5 billion in tax avoidance and $3.5 billion in rebates, comes to $12 billion.

 

This report is based on ITEPís analysis of annual financial reports filed by the nationís largest publicly traded U.S.-based corporations in their most recent fiscal year. All data presented here come directly from the income tax notes of these reports. Some companies with unusual fiscal years have not yet filed such reports. Some publicly traded corporations paid nothing on profits in their most recent fiscal year but are not included in this report because they are not part of the S&P 500 or Fortune 500.

 

No-Tax Corporations Continue a Decades-Long Trend ...

 

Companiesí Low Tax Rates Rely on a Variety of Familiar Tax Breaks ...

 

How the CARES Act Creates Zero-Tax Corporations ...

 

Not Just a Flash in the Pan: 26 Companies Pay Zero Federal Income Tax Over the Entire TCJA Tax Era So Far ...

 

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