Zoom increased profits by 4000 per cent during pandemic but paid no income tax, report says

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Zoom’s pandemic popularity saw company profits increase by more than 4,000 per cent yet it has paid no federal corporate income tax, according to a new report.

Zoom Video Communications reported that it made a $660 million pre-tax profit in 2020, up from $16 million in 2019, according to the non-profit Institute On Taxation and Economic Policy.

Zoom’s video conferencing platform was widely used by remote workers and school children across the US due to Covid social distancing and quarantine measures.

“The immediate shift to online activity explains the company’s unprecedented income growth. For many, Zoom has become a ubiquitous daily meeting space, both for work, class instruction, family gatherings and evening happy hours,” said an ITEP report.

“But why was the company’s income bonanza not matched by at least a token federal tax bill?

“The main answer appears to be the company’s lavish use of executive stock options. Zoom’s income tax reconciliation says it reduced its worldwide income taxes by $300 million in 2020 using stock-based compensation.”

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