Theresa May says it's time to be bold. Well here's the first bold step. Commit to introduce Public Country-By-Country Reporting by the end of 2019. Transparency is the one sure way to rebuild trust in the tax system. Good businesses will get on board. We don't need to tolerate tax avoidance. We can end it.
In the latest example of the impunity Google acts with in its dealings with governments, it has declared that the UK's recently
This morning Facebook UK announced - via the BBC's Kamal Ahmed - that it would start booking sales in the UK. So, welcome news. But (and you knew I was going to say this) let's not get carried away.
Osborne will also not gain a boost in popularity from amongst the Conservative Party membership by going down an anti EU line which Boris or Teresa might try to do. He has to stand on his record and achievements. He has misjudged the mood on the tax issue and it will haunt him.
It must have sounded so simple in the meeting. £130 million. Big number. It'll look great on a headline, and show our commitment to paying tax in the UK. Let's get it out there. Give the BBC an exclusive and run it in the broadsheets as well.
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Yesterday I wrote to the National Audit Office (NAO) to ask if they will investigate the process by which HMRC agreed the settlement with Google UK for tax owed between 2005 and 2015.... If Google were paying the corporate tax rate on all its UK earning in 2014 alone it could well have paid around £200million. Yet HMRC has settled for just £130million over ten years, without any transparency or clarity. Little wonder that after George Osborne on Friday heralded this as a "victory", Downing Street has backtracked.
Jeremy Corbyn should be directing questions about the size of Google’s tax bill to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, David Cameron