Washington: Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, Tesla owner Elon Musk and Warren Buffett are known worldwide, but a recent report shows that not only the United States but also the world’s richest people. These living figures have also been allegedly involved in tax evasion.
This was revealed in a report published in the American news website ProPublica, which conducts investigative journalism. According to the report, many of the richest Americans in the world are allegedly involved in tax evasion. According to documents obtained by the website, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos paid no taxes in 2007 and 2011, while Tesla’s Elon Musk paid no taxes in 2018.
To prepare this report, journalists obtained data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the past 15 years. The total wealth of the 25 billionaires on Forbes’ list of billionaires increased by 40 to 401 billion between 2014 and 2018. According to IRS data, in 5 years, these 25 billionaires paid only 13 13.6 billion in federal income tax. In that sense, the tax rate is only 3.4%.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Warren Buffett’s fortune increased by 24 24.3 billion, but he paid only 23 23.7 million (0.10%) in taxes, according to the data. Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’s fortune increased by 99 99 billion, but he paid only 97 973 million (0.98%) in taxes. Similarly, Tesla Inc. owner Elon Musk’s fortune increased by 13 13.9 billion, but he paid only 3.27% (45 455 million) in taxes. Bloomberg owner Michael Bloomberg’s fortune grew by 22 22.5 billion in those five years, and he paid 29 292 million (1.30%) in taxes.
The report states that tax payments by the 25 richest people in the United States have decreased by an average of 15.8%. “We were surprised that you paid zero taxes even though you were a billionaire,” said Jesse Eisinger, a senior reporter and editor at ProPublica. According to the BBC, the report comes at a time when the debate over the amount of taxes paid by the rich and widespread inequality has intensified.
A White House spokesman called the leak illegal and ordered the FBI and tax authorities to investigate further