The Spark

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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Airline Fuel Tax-Dodge

Jan 21, 2013

The Regional Transportation Authority in Chicago recently accused United Airlines and American Airlines of running “sham business operations” that have cost taxpayers more than 300 million dollars during the last seven years.

The airlines set up fake offices in the tiny suburban town of Sycamore, where they supposedly buy the fuel for their operations at O’Hare airport in Chicago. Sycamore has a much lower sales tax than Chicago.

In a sweetheart deal to attract the fuel business, Sycamore gives the airlines back most of the tax money it does collect. But Sycamore doesn’t have an airport, and at least one of these offices doesn’t even have a computer!

United and American claim that this sham tax-dodge is totally legal–and they might be right. It’s just one more example of a system set up to let the corporations avoid taxes.