Walmart sets up stores in buildings they "rent" from their own shell companies. They pay "rent" to themselves, then deduct it from their taxes. This money grubbing scum scheme helped Walmart avoid $3.39 Billion in state taxes from 1999-2005.
Also taxpayers will pay $9.1 Billion over the next 5 years to cover Walmart employee health care costs. They have almost 800,000 workers without health care coverage. Many of Walmart's employees are forced to use Medicaid or just show up at an emergancy room. This kind of bullshit taxes us all by increasing the cost of healthcare for all of us!
See "Friendly Landlord: Wal-mart Cuts Taxes by Paying Rent to Itself" by Jesse Drucker (Wall street Journal 2-1-07) and "America Pays, Wal-mart Saves: The Growing Cost of the Wal-mart Health care Crisis" at wakeupwalmart.com