The Regional Transportation Authority of Chicago recently went public accusing several large corporations of operating fake offices in two small northern Illinois communities in order to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes to Chicago and Cook County. The most surprising thing about this story is the companies that have been named. They aren't the typical small to medium businesses you would expect, but are actually major US corporations like AT&T, Verizon, Land’s End, Target, Sears Holding and Southwest Airlines. Here's a quote with more of the details, It's important to note that these companies are not being accused of doing anything illegal, just abusing the tax system. The real legal fight is between the RTA and the small communities that created these "tax shelter" agreements in the first place. Here's a quote explaining a bit further, While many of us are probably not surprised to hear a story like this, it is still disconcerting to think some of our biggest US companies can be this shady. Of course, the flip-side argument is that maybe the RTA's tax fees are too high and should be re-evaluated, but not enough info was given in the source of the article to speculate further. What do you guys think? Is this just business as usual, or something underhanded that should be punished or at least corrected? Source: Yahoo!