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Screw EU! Apple to fight back over €13bn tax bill

Apple and the Irish government are to appeal a European Union ruling that it should pay up to €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes in Ireland – in a decision that will surprise no one. Back in August the European Commission ruled that tax arrangements between Ireland and Apple were in breach of the EU's state aid laws, and said that …
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2016
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Are you avoiding tax, big tech firm? Not any more you won't, growl MEPs

MEPs in Strasbourg will tonight discuss how to stop the likes of Amazon and Apple from making deals with governments in order to pay next-to-no tax. The special committee on tax rulings was set up after the “Luxleaks” scandal exposed the scale of tax avoidance schemes carried out by big biz. The draft resolution calls on EU …
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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

Worstall @ the Weekend As the result of a so far successful, but probably not worth it, piece of tax avoidance I can tell you three things. First, something that should be blindingly obvious: middle-aged men can't do long road trips with quite the ease that their younger selves could. The second is not so much to tell you but ask you: what's the …
Tim Worstall, 9 Aug 2015

World leaders rubber-stamp tax recoup effort at G20 gabfest

The leaders meeting of the G20 group of nations has endorsed existing approaches to combating international legal-but-naughty tax avoidance schemes. Tax was on the agenda of the weekend gabfest because most G20 members are painfully aware that their balance sheets don't look great, in part because multinational companies have …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2014

Australia hobbles self in tech tax chase

Australia's new government will not pursue an initiative its predecessor advanced as a way to crack down on technology companies' tax-minimisation schemes. Australia's newly-elected treasurer (think Chancellor of the Exchequer for UK readers, Secretary of the treasury for those Stateside) Joe Hockey today announced a raft of …
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Tax dodging? It's harder to do - and rarer - than you think

Video So you'd like to know how to avoid tax. After all, everyone else seems to be doing it, so why end up as the Muggins who has to pay while everyone else mugs the Treasury? The simplest and most obvious method of not paying taxes is simply to avoid doing anything. If you're not taking part in economic activity then no one will be …
Tim Worstall, 7 Aug 2013
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Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

World+dog is grumpy with Apple, Microsoft, Google and plenty of other multinational companies, because they do legal-but-tricky things to avoid paying tax. But you, dear readers, might have a good reason to let them all off the hook, because you probably own shares in at least one. There's a good chance you don't know about …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2013
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Global tax data exchange plan floated to recoup cash

The world's getting serious about multinational tax avoidance, with with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today delivering a report (PDF) titled “A step change in tax transparency: Delivering a standardised,secure and cost effective model of bilateral automatic exchange for the multilateral …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2013

Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

Opinion eBay is not paying enough tax in the UK because it sells everything through PayPal Luxembourg. So the Sunday papers tell us, adding to the stream of stories about how Starbucks ain't payin' enough tax, Google ain't, Apple isn't and... well, we're being taken to the cleaners as a nation, aren't we? We provide this lovely country …
Tim Worstall, 25 Nov 2012
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Google India slapped with £8.7 MILLION tax penalty

Google is facing more embarrassing revelations about its tax dealings after its Indian business was accused of misleading the government, violating accounting rules and slapped with a Rs76 crore (£8.7m) fine. The penalty order, which Google is appealing, relates to the tax year 2008-9 and if upheld will ensure the search giant …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Nov 2012
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Google accused of UK tax dodge

Search giant Google has been accused of avoiding UK tax by routing most of its earnings through Ireland. This means it saves about £100m a year by paying Irish corporation tax at 12.5 per cent rather than the 28 per cent it would face in the UK. British advertisers send their money to Google's Irish subsidiary, an arrangment …
John Oates, 20 Apr 2009

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