Can Google say it pays close to the rate of UK corporation tax?

Only by going back several years can the technology company say that the rate of tax it pays is anything like the rate of UK corporation tax

It was with a straight face that Google’s global head of tax, Tom Hutchinson told MPs on parliament’s public accounts committee that the search group’s worldwide tax rate over the past five years was about 19%.

“To me, that appears to be a fair amount of tax to pay,” he said, deadpan. It was a number he and Google’s European boss Matt Brittin kept coming back to in their evidence, on each occasion noting that it was “close to the UK [corporation tax] rate,” currently 20%.

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Former Sainsbury’s boss wades into tax row to criticise ‘unfair’ rates bills

Justin King said traditional retailers paid huge bills for services, while online rivals paid little but received same benefits

The former boss of Sainsbury’s has waded into the row over the tax paid by multinationals such as Amazon and eBay, saying it was unfair that that traditional retailers must pay huge rates bills for services such as roads and waste collection, while their online rivals paid little but received the same benefits.

Business rates, said Justin King, are a bigger problem for British retailers than the corporation tax scandal.

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