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Prices are set by cost of materials, distribution costs, and everything else *before* the sale. Taxes come after, if at all.
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This has been a long-running debate, as long as I can remember. And one interesting way to put it is that corporations DO pay taxes, at least in the formal sense of remitting money to the government. But whether the economic burden of taxation falls on the customers, or the owner/shareholders depends on how much pricing freedom the business has. If you’re a regulated utility or a drug company with a lot of patent protection you pass the tax burden along to the customers. For most privately held businesses the corporate taxes are ultimately borne by the shareholders.

Bill
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