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Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging


John Faraci, CEO of International Paper Company John Strangfeld, CEO of Prudential Financial Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon Robert Kelly, CEO of Bank of New York Mellon Jim McNerney, CEO of Boeing Brian Duperreault, CEO of Marsh & McLennan John Lundgren, CEO of Stanley Black & Decker Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy John Donahoe, CEO of eBay
International Paper Company
CEO compensation: $12.3 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $249 million refund

CEO John Faraci received a 75 percent pay hike in 2010 pocketing $12.3 million.
Prudential Financial
CEO compensation: $16.2 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $722 million refund

Under John Strangfeld the company pocketed mega millions in tax refunds through an initiative intended to create jobs and better housing in low-income communities.
General Electric
CEO compensation: $15.2 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $3.3 billion refund

Last year the firm reaped $3.3 billion in federal income tax refunds, despite more than $5 billion in U.S. profits.
Verizon
CEO compensation: $18.1 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $705 million refund

Verizon was given a tax refund despite earning $11.9 billion in pre-tax U.S. profits – the highest among the 25 firms highlighted in this report.
Bank of New York Mellon
CEO compensation: $19.4 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $670 million refund

CEO Robert Kelly took home $19.4 million in 2010 while the bank claimed a $670 million federal tax refund, despite $2.4 billion in U.S. pre-tax income.
Boeing
CEO compensation: $13.8 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $13 million

In 2010, Boeing U.S. pre-tax income spiked to $4.3 billion while Boeing's CEO Jim McNerney paycheck topped 6% what the company paid in federal income taxes.
Marsh & McLennan
CEO compensation: $14 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $90 million refund

Marsh & McLennan has lowered its IRS bill by registering 105 subsidiaries in 20 countries considered tax havens.
Stanley Black & Decker
CEO compensation: $32.6 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $75 million refund

No company awarded its chief executive with a larger paycheck than Stanley Black & Decker. CEO John Lundgren last year enjoyed a 253% pay increase.
Chesapeake Energy
CEO compensation: $21 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $0

Chesapeake Energy paid nothing in federal taxes in 2010, despite $1.7 billion in U.S. pre-tax profits.
eBay
CEO compensation: $12.4 million
U.S. federal income taxes: $131 million refund

Last year the firm received a $131 million tax refund, despite U.S. pre-tax profits of $848 million.

IPS Report

Executive Excess 2011 report

Corporations don't dodge taxes, the people who run corporations do. And these CEOs are reaping awesomely lavish rewards for the tax dodging they have their corporations do.

In fact, corporate tax dodging has gone so out of control that 25 major U.S. corporations last year paid their chief executives more than they paid Uncle Sam in federal income taxes.

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