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Since '08, Walmart paid 46x more income tax than Amazon

Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Photo: Ted S. Warren

Walmart is worth half as much as Amazon but has paid 46 times more income tax since 2008 — $64 billion versus Amazon's $1.4 billion, writes Scott Galloway, an NYU marketing professor.

"The most uncomfortable question in business, in my view, is how do we pay our soldiers, firefighters, and teachers if a firm can ascend to $460 billion in value (#5 in the world) without paying any meaningful corporate taxes," writes Galloway, author of the forthcoming The Four, an examination of Big Tech.

Why Amazon pays so little: Amazon is worth a lot to investors, but since its founding has plowed almost all its profit back into the business: Since 2008, Walmart has earned $229 billion before tax and paid dividends; Amazon has reported just $14 billion in profit, with no annual cash payout to shareholders.