With European countries taking aim at tech firms’ holdings — the European Commission ruled in August that Apple must pay $14.5 billion in taxes Ireland failed to collect from the company — the valley’s tech titans have good reason to keep cash at home, said Joe Kennedy, a senior fellow at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a think tank sponsored by several tech companies. Many firms that park money offshore end up paying a much lower tax rate than the U.S. 35 percent corporate rate. Apple, according to its most recent quarterly report, paid a 26 percent effective rate, while Google has reported a 19 percent rate, Facebook has reported 18 percent and Oracle 17 percent.
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The free concert is part of a 14-day tour through California and Arizona. For more information, go to www.usafband.af.mil/events/index.asp. New exhibit set to open in Brentwood. BRENTWOOD — The Gallery On Second will host the fine art of Jack Gaughan through Nov. 10 at the gallery at 741 Second St. in downtown Brentwood. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-516-1741 or 925-513-3863. Artwork being sought for Happy Holidays art exhibit.
“Handel’s Messiah”: It’s become a Bay Area tradition: Conducted by Jeffrey Thomas, the American Bach Soloists’ annual “Messiah” is one of the top draws on the classical music scene; Dec, 14-16; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; $35-$118; 415-621-7900, www.americanbach.org, Schola Cantorum: Christmas Angels concert of seasonal favorites featuring harpist Dan Levitan; 3 p.m, Dec, 18 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $16-$30; 50th anniversary “Messiah” Sing, 7 p.m, Dec, 19 at Mountain View Center for the Performing ballet shoes. decorated ballet shoes. Arts; $21-$33; scholacantorum.org..
“I like the movement and the way you express yourself gracefully,” said Zeek of selecting ballet after taking modern dance classes. The graceful ballerina is also not afraid to step out of her comfort zone and try other forms of dance. This year, she joined a hip-hop dance club on the Deer Valley campus and performed in a school dance recital last week. “It is out of my element and something new, but ballet is the fundamentals of dance, and it helps with learning other forms of dance,” Zeek said.
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