The largest U.S.-based companies expanded their untaxed offshorestockpiles by $183 billion in the past year, increasing suchholdings by 14.4 percent, according to data compiled byBloomberg.

Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc. and Google Inc. each added to theirnon-U.S. holdings by more than 34 percent as they reaped thebenefits of past maneuvers to earn and park profits in low-taxcountries. Combined, those three companies alone plan to keep$134.5 billion outside the U.S. government's reach, more thandouble the $59.3 billion they held two years earlier.

The build-up of offshore profits — totaling $1.46 trillion forthe 83 companies examined — is increasing because of incentives inthe U.S. tax code for booking profits offshore and leaving themthere. The stockpiles complicate attempts to overhaul the taxsystem as lawmakers look for ways to bring the money home anddiscourage profit shifting.

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