As ever major company knows in the United States income tax lawyers are a way of life.  Many major companies hold their books over seas as a tax dodge. This is why you will see big name brands showing ownership over in Ireland.   Ireland gives these major corporations a massive if not free, tax incentives.  The reasoning behind it, the the jobs and taxes their citizens will pay as they spend their money on products and services in their local country.  A shifty move by the big brands, but it is working.  But for how long?