In December 2019, the Fair Tax Foundation undertook a forensic analysis of the tax conduct of the Silicon Six (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft) and uncovered a $100 billion global tax gap over the decade to date (which was then, 2010-18/19).
In May 2021, this analysis was repeated for the ten years 2011 to 2020 inclusive, and it was discovered that the $100 billion tax gap is as enormous as ever.
There is still a significant difference between the cash taxes paid and both the expected headline rate of tax and, more significantly, the reported current tax provisions. Over the period 2011 to 2020:
- the gap between the expected headline rates of tax and the cash taxes actually paid by the Silicon Six was $149.4bn
- the gap between the current tax provisions and the cash taxes actually paid by the Silicon Six was $96.3bn