Large companies' tax returns are often extremely big. For example, the 2010 tax return for General Electric (GE) was about 57,000 pages long and would have been about 19 feet (6 m) high if it was printed and stacked. Large companies, however, often gain so much in tax credits that little tax is actually paid. For instance, GE made $5 billion US Dollars (USD) in 2010 but ended up claiming a tax benefit of $3.2 billion USD. GE isn't the only large company to use legal methods to reduce or even come out ahead on its taxes. Exxon Mobile received a $156 million USD tax rebate and paid no federal income taxes on its $19 billion USD profit in 2009, and Goldman Sachs and Carnival Cruise lines both paid about 1.1 percent of their income for federal income tax in 2008.
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