Facebook Claims $429 Million Tax Refund Thanks To Stock Loophole

Facebook tax loop hole

Facebook will receive an upcoming tax refund of $429 million. The company is claiming the rebate thanks to a tax loophole.

Facebook reported almost $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits in 2012 and now the Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) says a single tax break loophole is giving nearly 50 percent of that total back to the social network.

According to The Inquisitr (note: I serve as editor of Inquisitr):

“The refunds are mainly due to the company’s use of a single tax break — tax deductibility of executive stock options — which reduced Facebook’s federal and state income taxes by $1.033 billion in 2012.”

Bloomberg Businessweek also reports that the company will likely reduce its future liability by another $2.17 billion with net operating loss carry-forwards that it collected.
While Facebook is not commenting on the tax break, the social networks executives did share news of its current position during a conference call with analysts.

During its conference call Facebook said it ended the year with nearly $10 billion in cash and investments.

Many company’s offer executives the option to buy stock at discounted prices in the future. After those lowered prices are exercised a company then takes a deduction between what employees originally agreed to pay and the value of what the stock is currently worth.

Essentially Facebook considered the exercising of stock to be a profit-reducing expense, a maneuver that is 100 percent legal under current taxation guidelines.


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