Corporate Taxes: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Apr 16, 2018
  • Many of America’s largest corporations shift a surprising portion of their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes. Even more surprisingly, that’s a legal thing to do.
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  • Michael Napouk
    Michael Napouk 14 hours ago

    And why won’t “our” president show his taxes? Letterman called his ass out for his apparel being built in a SWEAT SHOP!!!
    He evades taxes (and military service), implores sweat shops to fab shitty clothing, tries to set the leaders of countries up at a FAILING resort of his, condones hatred and generally fucks up big time. 🤩😂

  • Stefano Rossetto
    Stefano Rossetto 2 days ago


  • Gopher Facts
    Gopher Facts 2 days ago

    I have been on a John Oliver marathon and am astonished at the 'shursh' ((c) Stephen Colbert) of the Union: epitomised, safe to say, by the current US President. Shouldn't point fingers perhaps, as I live in the UK, which may elect his more adept-'aw shucks'-persona 'Boris Johnson' today. John Oliver is a great loss to the UK.

  • Muca 0077
    Muca 0077 2 days ago

    Joking aside,
    How is this being allowed to happen!
    The rich control everything!
    If there's an uprising they crush you because they have the corrupt low makers, the police and the military on their side protecting them!
    How can this be called a free and democratic society!!!!

  • SM RK
    SM RK 3 days ago

    Then these companies complain about an "unqualified workforce," and workers get penalized for being late when the trains break down.

  • Gregory S
    Gregory S 3 days ago

    Why isn't anyone interested in a fixed rate? If you make a little, you pay a little. Why is it so hard to see the logic in that little piece of detail? Oh, that's right, because the wealthy have successfully over thrown the country.

  • Justin Moore
    Justin Moore 4 days ago

    Real jew

  • Daniel Saldana
    Daniel Saldana 4 days ago

    Home ownership is a fraud . . we don't own and have never owned our property . . I'd like to see you talk about that . .

  • Ryan
    Ryan 4 days ago

    I prefer the single malt to the double Irish

  • cameron_a911
    cameron_a911 8 days ago

    I read this as "Corporate Texas"

  • Alex Kuts
    Alex Kuts 10 days ago

    "It was the Jews..." LOL from Israel!

  • Patrick John
    Patrick John 11 days ago

    For the elites, criminal behavior is legal

  • Jackisaboss1208
    Jackisaboss1208 17 days ago

    8% on all their profits is still better than getting nothing because corporate accountants are geniuses

  • CleverWire
    CleverWire 17 days ago

    From the future we know this literally happened

  • Barbara Ludden
    Barbara Ludden 17 days ago

    I will be commenting Im just taking my time.

  • Sina Madani
    Sina Madani 18 days ago

    Truly disgusting how these company execs and accountants can be morally OK with tax dodging whilst the rest of society pays their fare share.

  • Punto y Coma
    Punto y Coma 18 days ago

    Wait, you spend a quarter of your public budget on healthcare and yet you have to literally pay your shit out of it? What is your government doing with that money? Giving it away to insurance companies in exchange of discounts on 2019-2020 calendars with the snoopy face? Buy 2 and get the 3rd by half its price.

  • sol walker
    sol walker 22 days ago

    Man cardi b is fucking awful

  • Support Valkyrion
    Support Valkyrion 22 days ago

    But be honest, if a person got a choice to select a country he wants to pay his taxes in, majority of us would have moved to tax havens as well :) I definitely would.

  • James Gongaware
    James Gongaware Month ago

    Your tax money is going to lock up mexican babies and kill brown people overseas. enjoy

  • Máté Sólyom Deli

    The taxation is money collection with force. Although it is unpopular to illegally avoid taxes in front of the public, people always use all the legal way not to pay them.

  • TheSearedBlade 2.0
    TheSearedBlade 2.0 Month ago

    why isnt it a tax on all profits in the U.S. if we tax all profits... i guess that would raise prices

  • derrill yager
    derrill yager Month ago

    Thanks John, keep pointing out that honor and patriotism are more important than profits. When
    corruption goes unchecked by
    government, business culture will
    become perverted by human greed for power and control.

  • Monster Dad
    Monster Dad Month ago


  • Enjin3
    Enjin3 Month ago +2

    November 2019 is wondering where these trillions of dollars repatriated from mass corporate tax avoidance are.

  • Warlord Gear head
    Warlord Gear head Month ago

    It was the jews

  • eric miller
    eric miller Month ago

    This line is so dishonest. Corporations pay all kinds of taxes. Every dollar you pay in taxes and match plus additional fees they have to pay the government to let you work. It would take 10 minutes inside an actual company to see how much PS this line is. He glosses over the benefits that's a little guys are getting by saying that the companies get more. At this point the options they have the money overseas and pay nothing on that portion or hey bring it back and pay a percentage well 5% of the total as a lot more than 0% of the total because it's still a country quit your bitching

  • Joseph LaFrance
    Joseph LaFrance Month ago


  • MWorsa
    MWorsa Month ago

    Bootleg Geraldo 😂🤣😂🥳

  • AliceDiableaux
    AliceDiableaux Month ago

    I used to like Oliver a lot even though I'm not American, and then I had a period where I honestly couldn't stand this show because he would only talk about the problems but never really touch on the underlying systemic problems causing them. Now I'm back to liking him though because I see now that just naming the cause of all this would totally alienate everyone watching and would probably cause a massive decline in viewership because people obviously don't like being confronted with very uncomfortable truths when they're just trying to laugh and relax. What he's doing is way smarter than just yelling the problem - he's exposing all the symptoms of the system one by one and respecting the intelligence of his audience by trusting they'll connect the dots and make the correct diagnosis based on those symptoms. Kudos to you, John. I underestimated you, but you do solid work, subtly, so it's way more effective.

  • Clos R
    Clos R Month ago +1

    Criminals helping criminals and this is the leader of the free world lol HELL NO

  • GodsPerfectFailures


  • GodsPerfectFailures

    0:50 that's what the men she drugged and robbed wondered

  • Amy June
    Amy June Month ago

    "Those are Nazi bucks, you Swiss fucks"

  • Eyesuck Overwatch
    Eyesuck Overwatch Month ago

    Is there any doubt that we live in a Corportocracy?

  • The Lost
    The Lost 2 months ago +1

    number 1, what stone age country makes its population fill out and pay tax manually rather than automatically as you get paid, PAYE is amazing. never done a tax form in my life and never will.
    number 2, you guys pay 40% tax and cant afford universal health care? WTF? i pay 22% and that is high and we have it

  • Storm Blessed
    Storm Blessed 2 months ago +2

    Damn, this video made me angry.

  • Pranav
    Pranav 2 months ago

    8-15% sure is better than 0%

  • Stevie Anderson
    Stevie Anderson 2 months ago +1

    That chic is embarrassing. Learn how to better express yourself.

  • Mark Youneva
    Mark Youneva 2 months ago

    1:13 I want my personal accountant, tax preparer, financial coach & advisor, broker, realtor, fitness coach, and therapist to speak to me and explain things this way. I think it's the only way I will learn.

  • Peter Earl
    Peter Earl 2 months ago +1

    Lol in America people have to file their own taxes? In New Zealand there's a system called pay as you earn, and your employers do it for you

    • Leah Flaherty
      Leah Flaherty 2 months ago +1

      Peter Earl same in Ireland 🇮🇪

  • Madeline Loyd
    Madeline Loyd 2 months ago

    1:29 it says ‘Donald Drumpf’

  • PokeMageTech
    PokeMageTech 2 months ago

    4:33 - yeah. And I have a note on that, but first clarification:
    1) by “main cast” I mean the cast/production of Hamilton headed by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself.
    2) I haven’t seen the musical myself, so I don’t know what most of the cast looks like. So, yeah...
    With that in mind: in the main cast/production of Hamilton, Alexander (a creole man, specifically with a Scottish father) is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Puerto Rican descent), and Hercules Mulligan (an Irish-American, so white) is played by Okieriete Onaodowan (an African-American gentleman).

  • Jan Suave
    Jan Suave 2 months ago

    Man i love John seems such a Nice guy

  • snurk agurk
    snurk agurk 2 months ago

    Does anyone have the recipe for making a double irish dutch sandwich, asking for a friend

  • Jd Smith
    Jd Smith 2 months ago

    The key point Oliver skips is that every dollar a business pays in taxes is another dollar added to what they charge the consumer.

  • Emily Speck
    Emily Speck 2 months ago

    Your shirt isnt plaid so im gonna say u coordinated ur outfit w Mnuchin's to show how u guys look alike

  • zog zog
    zog zog 2 months ago

    Fighting Loopholes, fighting corruption, and lowering govt expenditure is the way.

  • Pervy Turtle
    Pervy Turtle 2 months ago +4

    I've never heard Cardi B before. Thank you John Oliver for helping me realize I never want to hear her voice again.

  • IncoherentRampage
    IncoherentRampage 2 months ago

    I simultaneously think that Cardi B and I would have an interesting conversation, and that I would be so intimidated by her that I'd never speak a word... XD

  • Dennis H
    Dennis H 2 months ago

    Cardi B looks and sounds like a retarded rat

  • Artie Rupinen
    Artie Rupinen 2 months ago

    2:53 And people wonder why Socialism is popular. THIS IS WHY YOU CONSERVATIVE SHITS!!!!!!!! GET. THIS. FIXED. NOW!!!!!!!!

  • Alex Defatte
    Alex Defatte 3 months ago +2

    When human beings acquire millions legally their morals go out the window. Can't blame them. You would do it too.

  • Erik Brock
    Erik Brock 3 months ago

    On the other hand, if he hadn't used the word 'pirate,' it would have been a missed opportunity that he would have regreted for the rest of his life. Actually, in fairness to the actual pirates, the hands on an old-timey pirate ship typically got a better cut of the booty than the average grunt in a McDonald's. The captain would usually got around 20% more than the crew. The CEO of McDonald's gets, what again, 300% more?

  • Chris Summers
    Chris Summers 3 months ago

    Google. Bermuda. Netherlands. Ireland
    Trillions of dollars invested into

  • Chris Summers
    Chris Summers 3 months ago

    Tax havens. Shift profits
    Coca cola Swiss vault
    Apple - 269 billion outside of the us at the end of 2017. Ireland

  • Chris Summers
    Chris Summers 3 months ago

    Eighteen large profitable companies pay no federal income tax at all(including GE)

    • V. V
      V. V 3 months ago

      @Chris Summers + Ummm wtf would GE need to pay taxes for when their stock price is down 75% over last 5Yrs? COMPANIES PAY TAXES ON PROFITS GENIUS... IF YOU DONT MAKE MONEY, OR YOU NEED TO RE-INVEST ANY MONEY YOU MADE TO KEEP COMPANY GOING, WHERE IS THE TAXABLE INCOME? Also, GE, like most companies, do indirectly pay taxes, by paying dividends to ppl owning stock, who in turn pay taxes on the dividends GE paid them for owning the stock. You broke liberal arts retards need to take 1 business class to learn a little about things outside your gender studies passion. BECAUSE YOU SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF FULL-RETARDS COMMENTING ON THINGS YOU HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT. But think your hipster chic complaining about. FYI... There are companies that skirt some taxes w/clever accounting, ITS NOT A HUGE AMOUNT ON THE WHOLE & GE AINT THE ENEMY TODAY. The company is struggling , & struggling companies don’t pay taxes dumbass

  • Whatsit Toya
    Whatsit Toya 3 months ago


  • seekr696
    seekr696 3 months ago

    a one time tax... is a pat on the back for a big business "job well done" screwing the workers..

  • Cincinnati Doers Club
    Cincinnati Doers Club 3 months ago

    Well done. Spot on. But...
    Anyone notice the propaganda???
    - A Jeww conspiracy joke.
    - Hitler and Nazi reference
    - strongly implying that white people are the negative corporate influence
    I wonder who wrote this skit???