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Corporate Tax and Tech companies in the UK

Our first report – looking at 5 of the world’s largest tech companies operating in the UK – Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Cisco Systems.

These companies have a reputation for aggressively avoiding tax. Measured in billions of dollars these titans of the US make massive profits but pay relatively little tax in the UK.

We have estimated the UK revenues and profits of these companies and calculated the tax they might have been expected to pay, if those profits were reported in the UK.


TaxWatch UK is an investigative think tank which aims to broaden public participation in the debate on tax. We monitor and report on the tax payments of large companies working in the UK, and research tax strategies used by companies and wealthy individuals. Our aim is to provide the unbiased and independent information necessary to allow the public to hold the government and major tax payers to account. We also analyse and put forward policy proposals for improving the tax system with the goal of creating a fairer tax system for all.


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