Mozilla does not have to pay tax

by Antony

According to Mozilla's chairman - Mitchell Baker, Mozilla is getting away with just US $1.5m to IRS.

In short, Mozilla accepted millions of dollars from Google for built-in integration with the search giant. (Usually open-source extremists wouldn't agree with most business integrations, but they didn't seem to mind with Google.) Anyhow, Mozilla claimed those are "royalties" and hence non-taxable.

In 2003, Mozilla won tax-exampt status, but in 2005, Mozilla decided to have a "for-profit" section - Mozilla Corporation.

The Register has a nice writeup.

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Posted by Antony Shen on November 5, 2012 11:39 AM

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