Whilst Google complies with all the tax requirements in the countries it operates in they have come under fire by politicians that believe the way they route their UK revenue through Ireland is unacceptable.
UK corporation tax is levied at 28%, compared to 12.5% in Ireland and Google is taking full advantage of this.Public accounts have showed that Google only paid £600,00 in UK corporation tax despite local revenues of more than £1.25bn. If they had filed their accounts through the UK and not Ireland they could have faced taxes of more than £100 million, this activity has been condemned by politicians following promises made by Gordon Brown to tighten up on tax evasion.
Only last year at a Google conference Gordon Brown gave a speech in which he praised Google for their forward thinking and innovation, so this has given him something to think about when preparing the budget speech. What you have to remember though is whilst you are reading this and thinking 'good on Google' the more tax they avoid means the more tax falls on the rest of the public, which isn't so great!
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