Steve Wozniak Believes Apple Should Pay More Tax



In an interview with BBC, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has expressed discomfort with reports that Apple avoids tax and is currently under investigation by EU, The Guardian reports. “I don’t like the idea that Apple might be unfair – not paying taxes the way I do as a person”, Woz said. He continued that paying taxes was just “part of life” – something that “every company in the world” should do.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up to Money, Wozniak said: “I don’t like the idea that Apple might be unfair – not paying taxes the way I do as a person. I do a lot of work, I do a lot of travel and I pay over 50% of anything I make in taxes and I believe that’s part of life and you should do it.”

When asked if Apple should pay that amount, he said: “Every company in the world should.”

With Apple being investigated for using tax shelters in Luxembourg and Ireland, the company may be told to pay as much as $8 billion in back taxes. Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently called the notion that Apple was avoiding paying tax “political crap” and said it would appeal against any such ruling. “There is no truth behind it”, he said. “Apple pays every tax dollar we owe”. 

The Cupertino tech giant is also under pressure from US authorities to repatriate much of its enormous cash holdings, more than 90% of which is held outside America due to a 40% tax bill if it attempts to repatriate the cash hoard.


  • johnnygoodface

    Wozniak is out of Apple since 1985 and we’re still listening to what he says like he was still “the reference” about Apple. I don’t know why he’s still being interviewed about Apple…

  • ShaBi

    It’s the same principle as asking Michael Jordan what he thinks about Stephen Curry’s style of play. It’s paying respect to one of the greats who helped changed the world, but not necessarily caring what they have to say, yet their words could possibly carry some weight.

  • Tim

    Steve Wozniak was a really good engineer that met the right guy at the right time. Apple could have still happened without him because Jobs had the unrelenting drive to do something big. Wozniak was just a tinkerer that landed in a situation that gave his talents structure.

    I like Wozniak in the sense that I think he is a more empathetic and relatable human being than the other Steve, but without Jobs he would have just been another talented pawn in the valley.

    So while I like him, and even agree with his thesis that Apple should pay more tax, I also don’t think he deserves a larger pedestal to bloviate from than most Joe Schmoes.