Originally Posted by Arkie
When Warren Buffet says he only pays a 15% effective tax on his income, that's because his income mainly comes from capital gains and dividends, and he is completely ignoring the fact that the companies he owns must pay a corporate income tax of as much as 35% before he can receive those gains and dividends.
EDIT: I was wrong about dividends.
As for capital gains, the sale of a stock has no tax implications for the company (except in the case where the company itself is buying back its own stock). Except in that special case, the company isn't even a party to the transaction.
When you trade a stock, you aren't selling it to the company and you are not receiving money from the company's coffers. You are receiving money from the person or entity buying that stock from you, based on a perceived value not a concrete value