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Woz says Apple should pay 50% tax 'the same way I do'

Apple's co-founder isn't cool with corporate tax strategies, including those of his former company.

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Steve Wozniak says corporations, including Apple, aren't paying enough in taxes.

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Corporate tax dodgers, beware. Steve Wozniak is on your case.

The Apple co-founder outlined in an interview Friday on BBC Radio 5 his belief that all companies, including Apple, should pay taxes in the same way as individuals.

"I don't like the idea that Apple might be not paying taxes the same way I do as a person," he said. "I pay over 50 percent of anything I make in taxes, and I believe that's part of life and you should do it."

When asked whether this included Apple, he responded: "Every company in the world should."

This is not a new issue. Back in 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook testified before Congress, defending Apple's tax strategy following a Senate report that accused Apple of tax dodging. In December, Cook dismissed the notion that his company avoids paying taxes on overseas profits, calling it "political crap." Still, the company could soon be required to pay a hefty tax bill as part of an investigation by the European Union into its financial activities in Ireland.

Wozniak often comments on issues regarding Apple, even though he is no longer actively involved in the company. He has previously been outspoken about the negative impact of big money on Silicon Valley. He also regularly stands behind Apple and defended the company for resisting legal pressure in its legal tussle with the FBI over a locked iPhone tied to the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

In a separate interview also published Friday by the BBC, Wozniak praised Apple for its efforts assisting law enforcement around the world. "Apple's been the good guy," he said. "There are politicians that don't have a clue what cybersecurity is about trying to pass laws saying Apple has to make products insecure. Why? That's so horrible; that's a crime; I just cry."

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.