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    The SO was told yesterday that her district is going to have to lay off 500 teachers because the funding is not there due to Apple and several other companies refusing to pay taxes.
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    You guys are missing a MAJOR point here. I'm not defending Apple in his comment, rather I'm speaking for everyone.


    Your property is your investment. Apple's property is likewise one of their investments. I would also like to add that no appraisal attempt has been made at all. If the county did not pay someone to come and appraise my property, how and more importantly WHY would I pay taxes? Not only would I not know the amount I would need to pay, I also wouldn't want to pay them because my investment was not properly appraised. Basically, you want my money, then appraise my property.

    I would like to add that many Silicon Valley companies fall into this loop, and not just Apple. Also, many silicon valley companies' properties are actually way over appraised. Someone said they make Billions, well they may make alot, but to be honest their profit only goes back into the next batch of product. Meaning, it pays for the parts of the next series.

    Before anyone goes off and says I'm an Apple fanboy, @$$, yada...yada read this.

    The only Apple product I own is a Macbook, provided by my school. I have an android phone, homebrew computer, Motorola Zoom tablet. I'm far from Apple.
    It's like JFK announcing the moon mission. He had no expertise in space travel, and no way of knowing if it would work. He just announced "we're going to the moon" and then they made it happen because everyone was on the same page and working towards the same goal. If he had said "well, let's get some people in space, and we'll see how far out we can get, and if I find someone to make a rocket strong enough, we could possibly approach the moon's orbit and maybe land" it wouldn't have happened.

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    I'd be interested in what your local newspaper finds. If they've been able to bury a story like this, they are more powerful in CA than I believed. I'd expect a story that involves Apple being the evil doer would light up the blogs. I can find no mention.

    I did find this story that paints a fairly grim picture of Santa Clara County's property tax revenue outlook.
    http://www.tax.com/taxcom/taxblog.ns...U?OpenDocument

    I also found this one where Apple talks to the board of Cuppertino. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/app...ift-2010-11-30
    When Jobs gave his update to the city council, he said Apple had amassed a total of nine properties — buying some from H-P — across Pruneridge Avenue from the much larger H-P site. Jobs said Apple hoped to build an approximately 50-acre campus, for about 3,000 to 3,500 employees, in addition to its existing headquarters at One Infinite Loop.

    “I think we found a way to stay in Cupertino, and, since we are your largest taxpayer, I thought you might be happy about that,” Jobs said. “And we’ll probably get larger still.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by knowledgegranted View Post
    Your property is your investment. Apple's property is likewise one of their investments. I would also like to add that no appraisal attempt has been made at all. If the county did not pay someone to come and appraise my property, how and more importantly WHY would I pay taxes? Not only would I not know the amount I would need to pay, I also wouldn't want to pay them because my investment was not properly appraised. Basically, you want my money, then appraise my property.
    This is a fair point, in a way, but I think a bit misinformed, for a few reasons (which, to be fair, I only know because I recently purchased property myself).
    • Tax assessments don't affect the actual value of the property, it's the other way around. A tax assessment reflects the market value of the property, the market value is not affected at all by the tax assessment.
    • I don't know 100% what the case is in CA, but in MD, property tax assessments are conducted every 3 years. You can appeal your tax assessment any time during that three year period, but the state has no legal obligation to conduct another assessment until that 3 year period is up.
    • The property owner does have a legal obligation to pay their property taxes. Either at closing or when the last tax assessment was conducted, they signed a binding legal contract in which they stated that they would pay $[x] in property taxes for years [y], [x], and [q]. Again, I do not know 100% that this is the case in CA, but I assume it is...otherwise nobody would pay their property taxes.
    • Apple is saying that their property value is much lower than the market value, which flies in the face of the "it's an investment" argument (I'm not saying real estate is not an investment, just that this is not an explanation for Apple's behavior). The only thing that changes if a tax assessment changes is the amount of property taxes that the owner pays...thus, why Apple is saying their property is worth so much less.

    BTW, a side note on the eccentricities of property law; an assessment and an appraisal are very different things that have basically nothing to do with each other. An assessment is done by the State to estimate the current market value of the property, on which to base the property taxes charged to the owner of that property. An appraisal is done by an independent party to determine the current market value of the property to ensure that the sale price is not significantly greater than the market value. This is primarily to protect the lender from the buyer later defaulting on the mortgage because the property is worth much less than the mortgage. As an example of the disconnect between these three values (tax assessment, appraisal, and market value), when I bought my house, the difference between the purchase price (by definition the market value, at that moment in time), which was the lowest value, and the then-current tax assessement, which was the highest value, was $189,770. A value greater than the purchase price! Even now that it has been reassessed and the assessed value has dropped almost $150,000 the difference is still ~$40,000 which, if you've been doing the math, is a decent sized chunk of the market value.

    Mach, while I admit those are seemingly troubling numbers for the counties in question, and I'm sure they will cause many financial problems, I would be curious to see the numbers for those counties over the last 10 years. If you look at property values over the last 10 years or so, over most of the country they rose to record highs around 2007 (and, therefore, record high property tax revenue), and have been on a fairly steady decline ever since. It stands to reason that tax revenues will then also fall. But, if you look at the long picture, I know in my area at least, property values on average are still higher than they were in 2004 (and, therefore, tax revenue is higher than it was in 2004).

    “I think we found a way to stay in Cupertino, and, since we are your largest taxpayer, I thought you might be happy about that,” Jobs said. “And we’ll probably get larger still.”
    I can't speak for the city of Cupertino, but if it were me, I would rather have taxpayers who actually paid their taxes, regardless of who they are or how much property they own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x88x View Post
    This is a fair point, in a way, but I think a bit misinformed, for a few reasons (which, to be fair, I only know because I recently purchased property myself).

    I can't speak for the city of Cupertino, but if it were me, I would rather have taxpayers who actually paid their taxes, regardless of who they are or how much property they own.



    You are absolutely correct, this is my mistake on the misinformed info. I work for an international company and sometimes I get all of my info wrong. But thank you for correcting me.


    Here's my conclusion, it isn't quite right, but I think you guys are ranting just because it's a large corporation. People do this type of stuff 24/7/365, they scam IRS, insurance companies, doctor's offices, you think of it they've done it. I come from an area that's not too great, and I swear there is a tax evaded business at least every week.
    It's like JFK announcing the moon mission. He had no expertise in space travel, and no way of knowing if it would work. He just announced "we're going to the moon" and then they made it happen because everyone was on the same page and working towards the same goal. If he had said "well, let's get some people in space, and we'll see how far out we can get, and if I find someone to make a rocket strong enough, we could possibly approach the moon's orbit and maybe land" it wouldn't have happened.

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    Default Re: Pay your property taxes Apple!

    Quote Originally Posted by knowledgegranted View Post
    Here's my conclusion, it isn't quite right, but I think you guys are ranting just because it's a large corporation. People do this type of stuff 24/7/365, they scam IRS, insurance companies, doctor's offices, you think of it they've done it. I come from an area that's not too great, and I swear there is a tax evaded business at least every week.
    Nah, I'd be ranting if it were some normal person doing it too...just that regular people evading their taxes doesn't make news.
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