Zuckerberg defends allegations on tax evasion

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday (Dec 3) that he and his wife would receive no tax benefit from setting up their new philanthropic endeavor as a limited liability company (LLC) and hinted at the types of efforts it would support.

In a post on his Facebook page, he wrote that “just like everyone else, we will pay capital gains taxes when our shares are sold by the LLC.” While reiterating that the entity, called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, would focus on areas like education and disease, he indicated the efforts would be similar to philanthropy he and his wife Priscilla had already supported.

Their recent donations include US$20 million (S$28.2 million) to EducationSuperHighway, which helps connect classrooms to the Internet, and a new acute care and trauma center at San Francisco General Hospital, where his wife works as a pediatrician.

The couple said on Tuesday that 99 per cent of the stock they hold in Facebook would go toward the philanthropic project over their lifetime. At the stock’s current price, that stake is worth US$45 billion.

Responding to a comment that he would pay “ZERO tax” for the initiative’s investments that was made in reply to his Facebook post on Thursday, Mr Zuckerberg denied that was the case. “Please don’t spread inaccurate information,” he posted.

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