Google executive defends tax strategy to lawmakers

May 16, 2013

A senior Google executive defended his company's complicated structure before Britain's Parliament, denying charges that it was misleading authorities to dodge paying tax.

The U.S. is accused that, even though it has drawn billions in revenue from Britain over the past few years, it pays less than 0.1 percent of that in tax to the British government.

executive Matt Brittin had a hard time convincing lawmakers Thursday that while U.K. employees were engaged in sales, they weren't actually selling anything and therefore the company was paying its fair share of British corporation tax. The company argues that the deals were completed by staff outside the U.K.

Lawmaker Margaret Hodge accused Google of , saying it was "deliberately manipulating the reality" of its business to dodge tax.

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Lawmaker Margaret Hodge accused Google of unethical behavior, saying it was "deliberately manipulating the reality" of its business to dodge tax.


I thought this was already known?

They don't pay tax in the U.S. either. Neither does Amazon or Facebook. Well, I could be wrong though, they have started selling some actual physical products in the U.S., so the loopholes they've been abusing might not apply much longer.

I say go government. Tax 'em, and tax 'em hard. The only people you'll be hurting are the weak minded and frivolous spenders who are so easily swayed and influenced by online ads.