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Jun 7, 2013

Vodafone says paid no UK corporation tax in past year

LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) – Vodafone Group Plc said
it paid no corporation tax in Britain for the year to March
2013, prompting fresh criticism from campaigners who have made
the UK mobile telephone group a target in the debate on
corporate tax payments.

Revelations of profit shifting by big companies have
provoked anger among austerity-weary citizens across Europe and
political leaders have pledged to act.

Jun 6, 2013

Analysis: Scrap corporate tax and benefit long term, some conservatives say

LONDON (Reuters) – As western politicians consider moves to clamp down on corporate tax avoidance, some conservative economic thinkers say the damage done by avoidance is overstated and any remedies are more likely to do economic harm than good.

Revelations that companies including Apple Inc, Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc have shielded billions of dollars in profits from taxes by using tax havens have ignited a public debate on the issue.

Jun 6, 2013

Scrap corporate tax and benefit long term, some conservatives say

LONDON (Reuters) – As western politicians consider moves to clamp down on corporate tax avoidance, some conservative economic thinkers say the damage done by avoidance is overstated and any remedies are more likely to do economic harm than good.

Revelations that companies including Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) have shielded billions of dollars in profits from taxes by using tax havens have ignited a public debate on the issue.

Jun 3, 2013

Bermuda is no tax haven says finance minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Bermuda is not to blame for companies such as Google using Bermudan subsidiaries to shelter billions of dollars from U.S. and European tax authorities, the territory’s finance minister said on Monday.

Google has come under fire from British lawmakers for channeling billions of dollars a year through an Irish subsidiary to a Dutch sister company which then passes the money to another affiliate in Bermuda.

May 21, 2013

The Irish loophole behind Apple’s low tax bill

LONDON (Reuters) – Apple’s ability to shelter billions of dollars of income from tax has hinged on an unusual loophole in the Irish tax code that helps the country compete with other countries for investment and jobs.

A U.S. Senate investigation revealed on Monday that Apple, maker of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, had channeled profits into Irish-incorporated subsidiaries that had “no declared tax residency anywhere in the world”.

May 20, 2013

Labour calls for country-by-country tax reporting

LONDON (Reuters) – The Labour party, tapping into widening public anger over corporate tax avoidance, wants the government to push for new international rules to force companies to report profit and tax payments country-by-country.

Campaigners say the move, which is receiving increased support internationally despite strong opposition from business, would deter companies from shifting profit into tax havens where they have no staff or sales.

May 19, 2013

Labour party calls for country-by-country tax reporting

LONDON (Reuters) – Opposition Labour party, tapping into widening public anger over corporate tax avoidance, wants the government to push for new international rules to force companies to report profit and tax payments country-by-country.

Campaigners say the move, which is receiving increased support internationally despite strong opposition from business, would deter companies from shifting profit into tax havens where they have no staff or sales.

May 19, 2013

UK opposition calls for country-by-country tax reporting

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour party, tapping into widening public anger over corporate tax avoidance, wants the government to push for new international rules to force companies to report profit and tax payments country-by-country.

Campaigners say the move, which is receiving increased support internationally despite strong opposition from business, would deter companies from shifting profit into tax havens where they have no staff or sales.

May 17, 2013

After Google, Amazon to be grilled on UK tax presence

LONDON (Reuters) – Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. will be called back to the British parliament to clarify how its activities in the UK justify its low corporate income tax bill, two lawmakers told Reuters.

Amazon will follow search giant Google, which attended another grilling by parliament’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) over its tax affairs on Thursday. A Reuters report earlier this month raised questions over Google’s earlier assertions that its UK-based staff don’t sell to customers.

May 17, 2013

MPs challenge Google’s ‘smoke and mirrors’ on tax

LONDON (Reuters) – Google Inc faced angry questions on Thursday from MPs investigating its tax affairs and whether it had misled parliament in testimony last year, adding fuel to a debate on taxation that has risen to the top of the UK political agenda.

Google’s Northern Europe boss, Matt Brittin, was called back to testify to parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after a Reuters investigation showed the company employed staff in sales roles in London, even though he had told the committee in November its British staff were not “selling” to UK clients.

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