According to the financial site NerdWallet, the 10 most profitable U.S. companies paid an average federal tax rate of just 9 percent last year.
Some of America's giant businesses paid more than 9 percent -- JPMorgan earned $26.7 billion in 2011, for example, and paid $3.7 billion of it, or 14 percent, to the federal government -- and some paid less, like Exxon Mobil, which only sent 2 percent of its $73.3 billion earnings to the IRS.
But the 10 companies all paid much less than the nominal corporate tax rate of 35 percent -- a number that investor and tax-the-rich advocate Warren Buffett has dismissed as "a myth," but one that presidential front-runners Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both proposed to lower.
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This news is downright unfair. These companies earn billions of dollars annually, and some being worse than others, still moan and groan about paying their fair share in taxes to help our economy. Below is a breakdown of the top ten companies and what they paid to the IRS in 2011. You can see for yourself just how pathetic some of these percentages are, IBM being the worst:
Wells Fargo 14%
Exxon Mobil 2%