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Anne Hunt
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Political Editor for Affiliated Press Euro-zone online edition; http://affiliatedpress.net
Political Editor for Affiliated Press Euro-zone online edition; http://affiliatedpress.net

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1) Burger King is a Brazilian-owned company and has been since 2010.
2) Burger King was a British-owned company from 1989-2002.
3) Burger King has always been headquartered in Florida.
4) Burger King is not moving its headquarters from Florida.
5) Burger King restaurants are 99% franchisee-owned.
6) Burger King franchisees will still pay taxes based on where their businesses are located and/or the owners reside.
7) Burger King pays significantly less in taxes than the average U.S. corporation because it has a history of aggressively pursuing taxpayer-funded “subsidies” from various governments.
8) Burger King stated that its current tax burden is not as worrisome as the potential that it might be forced to pay closer to (but still lower than) the average U.S. corporation (i.e., if rent seeking becomes less successful).
9) Burger King is getting tons of free advertising by making conservatives think it is leaving the U.S. because of our high corporate tax rate when it’s not actually moving but simply merging with a Canadian company and setting up the headquarters of the new parent company in Canada, probably because Canada’s crazy laws “protecting Canadian culture” make the merger easier if the parent company is based in Canada (that’s just my hunch at this point).
10) Burger King and Tim Hortons will still be owned by the Brazilian capital firm, 3G, that currently owns a 71% stake in Burger King.
11) None of this matters at all because the bigger issue is that tax rates are not predictable from year-to-year, our current system is a mess of subsidies, credits, penalties, etc. that vary thoughout every corrupt locality in America, making long-term business planning incredibly difficult, and there isn’t even an definitive U.S. corporate tax rate that you can accurately cite because there are so many ways that politicians across the country can grant rent seeking requests to pick winners and losers. We need to reform the tax code and move to something closer to a flat tax because other companies should not be forced to waste so much effort pursuing taxpayer-funded subsidies as Burger King.
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Ah, the Windy City. But you have the great lakes at your backdoor and that's some plus.
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Cheers, Anne
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Back in the UK again and working on a new project
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Forecaster Siberian Blizzard has not reached the UK as forecast, either delayed  by divine  intervention, or Weather Bureau made their customery New Year Blunder.  
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Justin Beiber's home was raided by LA police last night. Dugs in the House and Beiber's live-in Male Friend arrested. More to it? Beiber has just tweeted he's retiring. A fickle spoiled juvenile with 43 Million girl followers or a Musical Miracle. I really couldn't comment.  
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It's done nothing but rain in the UK since winter began, but relatively warm, however the weather people, or as some call them the weather 'thingamabobs' who have a 30% accuracy rating on the 'Righter Scale' say a Siberian cold snap is moving in. To bet against it or not, that is the question.
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The anti Capitalistic protesters didn't last long in London.
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