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Freeserve has stepped up its "VATometer" campaign against AOL UK claiming that in the last month the "American company has amassed £2.5 million in unpaid VAT".

In its latest statement Britain's biggest French ISP said: "AOL could be paying at least £30 million a year in VAT to the UK Treasury, but is exempt because of a 1997 Customs & Excise ruling which Freeserve...is challenging based on more recent developments in European case law."

"Freeserve has blown the whistle on the AOL VAT treatment and is lobbying the UK Treasury and Customs & Excise to create a level VAT playing field," it said.

In a bid to keep the sporting theme going Le Freeswerve's jumped on this weekend's vital World Cup clash between Germany and England to highlight just some of the things that you'd get for £2.5 million.

For instance, it would pay David Beckham's Manchester United wage bill for 96 weeks. Or pay for 727 frankfurter sausages for each of the 16,000 English fans in Germany. Or 1,141,553 bacon butties to share among all fans following the Home nations and the Republic of Ireland this weekend.

AOL UK maintains it is simply abiding by current tax regulations. However, Customs & Excise would do well to resolve this dispute as soon as possible - one way or other - to save us all from another "VATometer" onslaught from Le Freeswerve. ®

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