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Murdoch's US empire siphons $4.5b from Australian business virtually tax-free

Post by veya_victaous on Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:06 am

http://www.smh.com.au/business/rupert-murdochs-us-empire-siphons-45b-from-australian-business-virtually-taxfree-20150406-1meu0l.html

Two pages of detailed questions were put to News about its accounting practices. The response from a spokesperson for the company was: "Our financial reports comply with Australian Accounting Standards and the Corporations Act 2001, have received an unqualified audit opinion and are filed with the regulator, ASIC. Beyond this we have nothing further to add."

Normally a company will return cash to its offshore parent by way of dividends from shares or interest from loans. These however attract withholding tax. News has justified its practice of "repatriating" cash - $1.3 billion only last year - by making a "return of capital" to its New York parent.

In order for this capital to be returned, it had to be created in the first place. This was done via a transaction in late 2004 whereby News interposed a $2 company at the top of its web of Australian companies. This company, News Australia Holdings, then issued 77 billion shares to News Corporation in New York, the seat of Murdoch's global media empire. Those shares were issued to acquire the shares of the previous Australian holding company.

In other words, Company A (News Australia Holdings) acquired Company B (the previous holding company) by issuing 77 billion shares to News Corporation.

News Corp owned the shares in Company B. They created the new holding company, Company A. It issued 77 billion shares to News Corp and then News Corp transferred the shares it held in Company B to Company A.

As part of the accounting for this transaction, there is a $7 billion increase in intangibles and consequently in the share capital in News Australia Holdings as well. Although the intangibles were reversed the next year, the inflated share capital remained the same and News has used this share capital to return billions in cash years later.

The result of this "magic pudding", said Mr Knapp, is that "share capital ballooned by $7 billion for a temporary adjustment to intangible assets that has the character of internally generated goodwill".

Oddly None of his papers are printing this Razz Razz Razz

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:07 am

And it is politics because the Liberal Party may as well be called "the blowjobs for Rupert party" under Abbott. it is Pathetic how much of a Puppet he is for Rupert, it makes it very clear We need a Violent revolution! Justice cannot exits While these people are allowed to live with their ill-gotten gains.

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:54 am

Rupert Murdoch has puppets all over the world unfortunately. Bastard thinks he rules the world.

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Post by Lone Wolf on Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:36 pm

Smile

AND No doubt News Corp's US arm is then transferring the bulk of it's profits on to some offshore tax havens, as well...

THAT'S WHY on a global stage, many of these multinational mega-corporations are getting away with only paying around 1.5% or less in business income tax ~ when those with their HQs in such places as Britain, Oz or the USA should be paying somewhere  between 20 and 30% in corporate taxes..

(AT LEAST the likes of the Murdoch, Packer, Myer and Lowy families are reputed to be among the more "Philanthropic" mega-rich in Oz, unlike quite a few of their less social and noble minded cohorts ~ even IF they don't pay anywhere near their fair share of taxes.)


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Post by veya_victaous on Mon May 04, 2015 12:30 am

Could fit under any of our nations


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