Google avoids £100m UK tax

| 19/04/2009

(Times): The internet giant Google with the motto “don’t be evil”, avoids paying more than £100m a year in UK tax despite pulling in annual revenues of more than £1.25 billion. Even though the web search engine operates as Google UK Ltd in London, British firms which advertise with it pay their subscriptions to a subsidiary based in Ireland, where corporation tax is far lower than in the UK. This structure, condemned this weekend as “unfair” and “unacceptable”, allowed Google legally to avoid paying £110m of UK tax in 2007, according to research by an expert on corporate tax avoidance.

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