Professor Deborah A. Geier was a guest on WCPN’s “Sound of Ideas” show on February 25 to discuss the possibilities regarding how Amazon earned $11.2 billion in 2018 profits and paid no Federal income tax (getting a $129 million tax refund). Amazon also earned $5.6 billion in 2017 profits and paid no Federal income tax (getting a $137 million tax refund). From 2009 to 2018, Amazon earned a total profit of roughly $26.5 billion and paid approximately $791 million in Federal income tax, for an effective Federal income tax rate of 3% for the period. Along with Professor Daniel Shoag, a Harvard economics professor currently visiting at CWRU, Professor Geier explored the larger tax policy landscape shaped by these and similar stories. You can watch the show here.