|Wal-Mart pays the fifth largest amount of corporate taxes|
|The Hartford Financial Services pays the fifth least amount of tax|
Let's look at some sample numbers: Wal-Mart had $15.7 billion earnings before taxes, they paid $8 billion in local, county, state and federal taxes; almost 51%. Apple, who most recently was rumored to be very bad, had before tax earnings of $50.2 billion and paid $13.1 in various taxes; that's 26%, they paid the third highest amount of federal taxes.
How 'bout some "deadbeats"? Bank of America had $3.1 billion in earnings before taxes, they received tax breaks of $1.1 billion (money refunded), but they did pay local or country real estate taxes unless breaks were granted for those too. AMR (American Airlines) Loss before taxes of -$2.4 billion dollars, and they received a break of $569 million. Airlines have been hard hit by fuel costs, and usually receive government help. They do, of course, pay income, social security and Medicare taxes.