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Oil and Gas Giants Receive Unneeded Subsidies, Avoid Paying Taxes

Oil money dollar pile 350 300x214 Oil and Gas Giants Receive Unneeded Subsidies, Avoid Paying TaxesShocking report by the nonpartisan research and advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), reveals that for the past 5 years major oil and gas companies received more subsidies from the government than they paid as a corporate income tax on their huge income.

By presenting the results of their analysis of 500 major enterprises, the agency hopes to open the eyes of those governmental officials, who still think that it is a good idea to give extra, and quite frankly, unnecessary subsidies taken from us, the honest tax payers.

According to the statistics, for the period between 2008 and 2012, some of the world’s most profitable enterprises in the oil and gas industry managed to take advantage of every possibility and not pay the taxes that they are supposed to. What is more, some actually noted a negative tax balance, which in other words means that they received more subsidy from the government and money from the tax payers than they paid back despite their huge income.

By law, every company that makes profit has to pay 35% corporate income tax. Naturally, we would assume that giants such as Big Oil, Murphy Oil, Exxon Mobil, Occidental Petroleum, among others, would be proud to pay their fair share, but it is not at all the case. The industry paid around $32 million worth of taxes for the examined period. If they paid what they were supposed to, then this number should have been 59.9 billion, or $62.4 billion more than what they actually paid. Here we should also point out that the companies received a total of $45 billion, and noted a profit of the incredible $223 billion.

It is very sad to see, how while at the end of 2011 the ethanol producing industry willingly gave up their tax credit, the companies that made billions found ways to trick everyone and take every cent they could from the government and the tax payers. Let’s hope that by putting the numbers black on white, CTJ manages to show that these industry giants are only exploiting the system and definitely using the subsidies to only benefit themselves, and not the economy, as they claim.

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Mila is a researcher and scientist with a great passion for soils, rocks, plants, water and all environment-related aspects of our surroundings. For the past 10 years, during the course of her educational and professional development, she travelled all over Europe, Africa and Asia, driven by her passion for the environment and urge to seek challenges.