Facebook Ireland turned a gross profit of €1.79 billion ($2.45 billion) in 2012, but it reported a pre-tax loss of €626,000 ($857,243). This may sound sketchy, but the company was fully compliant with the law. Financial Times explained how this happened.
The tax man cometh and, in the case of Facebook in the U.K., he leaveth empty-handed, as The Guardian reported that the social network paid no taxes in the U.K. in 2012, despite seeing its income there rise by 70 percent, and despite accounting for nearly one-half of the £6 billion ($9.66 billion) that eMarketer projects for 2013 digital ad spending in the U.K.
Student group Europe Versus Facebook has tangled with the social network before, in case you couldn’t tell by its name, filing numerous complaints related to Facebook’s privacy policies starting in 2011. Now, EVF is taking on Facebook again over its alleged role in the U.S. National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, and the group is also taking on Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.
You can’t get to 1.11 billion friends without spending a few dollars: Consumer Watchdog reported that the social network spent $2.45 million on lobbying efforts during the first quarter of 2013, up a whopping 277 percent from $650,000 in the year-earlier period.
Not too many people can handle a tax bill of more than $1 billion, but Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a member of that exclusive club, and CNN Money reported that his total tab will likely end up at around $1.1 billion.
How much federal and state income tax did Facebook pay in 2012? If you guessed, “zero,” you were correct, and if you guessed that the social network received $429 million in net tax refunds, you get extra credit.
On Monday, rank-and-file Facebook employees will be able to sell their stock, which officially came to fruition Thursday. Collectively, the roughly 225 million shares are worth about $5.2 billion, based on Wednesday’s closing price of $23.23 apiece. But it’s not just Facebook employees who are excited for a potential sell-off — the federal and California governments stand to profit from this, as well.
Facebook Posts 3Q Net Loss On Increased Revenues; Totals 1.007 Billion Monthly Active Users, 640M Mobile MAUs
Facebook posted a net loss of $372 million in the third quarter of 2012 using generally accepted accounting principles, or $59 million following the GAAP income tax provision for the third quarter of $431 million, compared with net income of $227 million in the third quarter of 2011, on revenue of $1.26 billion, which was up 32 percent from $954 million in the year-ago period.
The only debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was a substantive and spirited affair, with supporters on Facebook weighing in on everything from taxes to abortion and from Iran to Libya.