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Report Shows Many Profitable Companies Pay No State Income Taxes

Dozens of Fortune 500 companies paid no net state income taxes over the past three years, including one in the Pacific Northwest. That's one of the findings of a report issued Wednesday by a liberal think tank.

The report examined federal Securities and Exchange Commission filings from the more than half of Fortune 500 companies that reported profits over the past three years.

Those filings show how much each company paid in state income taxes nationwide. The results varied widely, even among companies in the same industry.

Juan Carlos Ordonez is with the watchdog group Oregon Center for Public Policy. He says the findings demonstrate how little information is available about how tax loopholes are used.

"Ultimately we don't know exactly how it is that some corporations end up paying nothing in some years, even as they report big profits to their shareholders," says Ordonez.

The report shows of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Oregon and Washington, only Bellevue-based truck manufacturer PACCAR paid no net state income taxes despite reporting a profit.

The study comes from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

On the Web:

Report - Corporate Tax Dodging in the Fifty States, 2008-2010:

http://www.ctj.org/corporatetaxdodgers50states/

Copyright 2011 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2011 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.