Around two-thirds of the US$5bil decrease is due to repatriation tax, Goldman said in a statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
However, the impact of the tax legislation may differ from the estimate, according to the bank.
Congress last week approved a US tax overhaul, the biggest in 30 years, which includes steep tax cuts for corporations and wealthy taxpayers.
The new law significantly lowers the income tax rate for US companies - to 21% from 35% - allowing them to repatriate cash from overseas, and modifies numerous deductions, among other changes.
The tax overhaul will allow Apple Inc to bring back its US$252.3bil (RM1.02 trillion) foreign cash pile without a major tax hit - a long-standing company goal.
Drugmaker Amgen Inc last Friday also said it expects to incur tax expenses of US$6bil to US$6.5bil over time as it repatriates cash it has accumulated around the world because of the new law. - Reuters
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