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Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon paid $0 in income taxes for 2018, claimed multi-million refund

Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon paid $0 in income taxes for 2018, claimed multi-million refund | 13 Feb 2019 | Trillion-dollar-company Amazon skated through 2018's tax filings without paying a cent for the second year in a row. The e-commerce behemoth, which made $11 billion last year, will pay no taxes at all, thanks to 2017's tax reform. Rather than pay the standard 21 percent corporate income tax rate, Amazon is actually claiming a tax rebate of $129 million, which works out to a logic-defying rate of -1 percent. Aside from the nebulous "tax credits," which the company does not have to spell out in its public filings, Amazon is also claiming a tax break for executive stock options, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy -- a longstanding loophole that permits profitable corporations to dodge federal and state income taxes on almost half their profits.