After the huge tax cut that went into effect last year, and the one-time overseas profit repatriation fee, Apple's effective tax rate has fallen to just 14%. That's a far cry from the "we have the highest tax rate of all developed countries" arguments with which the tax legislation was passed.
It is still a huge chunk of money going into the government's coffers, as Apple's operating profits are astronomical, but the tax rate has also dropped the whopping ten points for Apple, compared to the previous fiscal year.
How does that 14% tax rate compare to the other mobile industry juggernaut Samsung? Well, the Koreans got their taxes actually hiked, and have paid 28% of their operating income in taxes in the first half of the year, or, double Apple's effective rate.
If it were taxed like Apple, Samsung would likely be much nearer its record net profit amount, and its product portfolio is much more diversified going forward, with smartphones now representing only a fraction of its revenue haul.
source: The Investor