If Exxon really wanted to help

ExxonMobil, the most profitable corporation in the country, is spending some of its money on a series of television ads telling us to invest in education.

Most of us don't have a lot of money to invest in education.  Exxon does.  In fact, if Exxon were to merely pay what it owes in taxes, the Department of Education could increase its budget 14 percent.

Corporations are supposed to pay 35% income taxes.  Exxon pays about half that.  A report by Citizens for Tax Justice found that Exxon should have paid $4.1 billion more than it did between 2008 and 2010.  Using the same calculation, we find that Exxon underpaid in 2011 by another $2.1 billion.

As the Exxon ads keep saying: "Let's solve this!"

Dear ExxonMobil,
Inspired by your ad campaign, we have a proposal to help solve U.S. education shortfalls. Give the $6.2 billion you should have paid in federal income tax between 2008 and 2011 to the Department of Education.
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17056 Sun Mar 17 17:13:12 EDT 2013 Ann Godshalk New Oxford, PA , US
17055 Sun Mar 17 01:44:50 EDT 2013 Mojgan G arcadia, CA , US
17054 Fri Mar 15 14:59:42 EDT 2013 Kenneth Giles Monrovia, CA , US Can you imagine the promotional benefits of contributing to education and not looking like corporate deadbeats? Way to get on the right side of the debate!
17053 Fri Mar 15 08:28:55 EDT 2013 Carole yandell COARSEGOLD, CA , US
17052 Tue Mar 12 14:35:16 EDT 2013 Dana Combest Giford , WA , US
17051 Mon Mar 11 12:40:42 EDT 2013 Eleanor Anderson Lawrenceville, NJ , US
17050 Mon Mar 11 04:58:34 EDT 2013 Elizabeth Fitzgerald Earlysville, VA , US
17049 Mon Mar 11 02:26:35 EDT 2013 Martha Hunkins Arcata, CA , US
17048 Sun Mar 10 05:05:37 EDT 2013 Andrey Korobkov Ulyanovsk, ot , RU
17047 Sat Mar 09 19:43:08 EST 2013 Robert Poignant Lynchburg, VA , US
17046 Sat Mar 09 19:42:18 EST 2013 Larry Farmer Lynchburg, VA , US
17045 Fri Mar 08 22:21:51 EST 2013 OLIVIA DE JAVELINA TUCSON, AZ , US
17044 Thu Mar 07 03:39:43 EST 2013 Anonymous Margate, FL , US
17043 Mon Mar 04 21:54:11 EST 2013 Kiayu Sun Laguna Beach, CA , US
17042 Mon Mar 04 16:58:58 EST 2013 dieter hils louisville, CO , US
17041 Mon Mar 04 05:39:01 EST 2013 Dennis DeMarinis New Bedford, MA , US
17040 Sun Mar 03 16:41:04 EST 2013 Dennis Wright West Milton , OH , US
17039 Sun Mar 03 14:34:57 EST 2013 Linda Hayes Brooklyn Center, MN , US Is it possible that you have overlooked your obligation to pay taxes on profits made in this country?
17038 Sun Mar 03 02:01:57 EST 2013 Janis Todd Princeton Junction , NJ , US
17037 Sat Mar 02 20:47:42 EST 2013 Gary G. Friend II Gainesville, FL , US
17036 Fri Mar 01 23:39:47 EST 2013 William Todd Strafford, NH , US Actions speak MUCH louder than ads. Take this one and I'll be legitimately impressed.
17035 Fri Mar 01 17:18:59 EST 2013 Barry Zuckerman Middletown, NY , US
17034 Fri Mar 01 10:53:03 EST 2013 Denise Aday Pigeon Forge, TN , US
17033 Thu Feb 28 23:38:20 EST 2013 Ann Roos Victoria, TX , US
17032 Wed Feb 27 20:09:24 EST 2013 James Hoff Kaaawa, HI , US
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