Apple Opposes Cupertino Tax Proposal on Employee Count

In a letter obtained by SF Gate, Apple VP Kristna Raspe says that Apple opposes a Cupertino tax proposal that would tax big corporations based on the number of employees.

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Cupertino Tax Proposal

Image of Apple Park in Cupertino. Apple opposes Cupertino tax proposal.
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Apple says that the US$70 million it spent on public benefits in Cupertino should allow the company to be exempt from the tax. Council Barry Chang disagrees, saying: “It’s good that Apple is willing to work together, but it’s not specific [enough].”

SF Gate says that the Cupertino council will vote on the tax proposal tonight. Estimates show it could raise up to US$10 million. However, the proposal isn’t expected to be on this November’s ballot.

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