UK Blasts Starbucks, Google for 'Immoral' Tax Evasion
Starbucks vows to clean up its act
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 3, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Pedestrians walk past a branch of the Starbucks cafe chain in west London, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.   (Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – British lawmakers today accused Starbucks, Google, Amazon, and other major global companies of immoral tax avoidance, with Parliament's public accounts committee saying the government should "get a grip" on multinationals that exploit tax laws to move profits generated in Britain to offshore domains. The companies "are getting away with paying little or no corporation tax here," the committee's chairwoman said. "This is outrageous and an insult to British businesses and individuals who pay their fair share."

Companies operating in Europe can base themselves in, and take advantage of the tax rates of, any of the 27 EU nations. Starbucks, for example, chose The Netherlands and pays British tax only after transferring large sums to its Dutch headquarters. Amazon, meanwhile, has managed to pay just $2.9 million in taxes on $332 million in profits in 2011. The committee said executives from the three companies had been "unconvincing and, in some cases, evasive" during questioning. Starbucks said today that it would re-examine its tax practices in the UK, in an effort to "build public trust."

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Dec 4, 2012 1:46 PM CST
Come back to the USA! The IRS will let you be a " Non Profit" like the NFL and over 1 million other "For Profit" company's. You might have to keep your CEO's pay under 14 million dollars a year though...
Dec 3, 2012 2:07 PM CST
The UK Government made the loopholes in their Tax Laws, and the Corporations are taking advantage of the loopholes. Now, the UK Lawmakers are accusing these companies of "Immoral Tax Avoidance," because that are using the loopholes the UK Lawmakers made. I find that pretty dumb!
Dec 3, 2012 1:35 PM CST
But it's alright to evade taxes here. We just give them all kinds of carve outs.