NEWS & MEDIA

Governments that wish to restrict bailouts going to tax avoiders should insist that companies sign up to new rules on their tax behaviour.

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The current crisis has been likened to a war. In previous wars, governments have sought to tax any excess profits arising from the conflict.

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A consortium of financial services lobbyists have written to the European Commission calling for a delay to the implementation of anti-avoidance measures due to be rolled out on 01 July.

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Tech companies are using Covid-19 as an excuse to lobby governments around the world for a deferral to digital services taxes and reductions in privacy laws according to media reports.

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TAXWATCH INVESTIGATIONS

Swedish goats, Japanese hedgehogs and Batman

£324m of taxpayer money has been spent subsidising “culturally British” games, including Batman, Sonic, and Goat Simulator. To receive this relief, developers have to pass the BFI’s test – which we show is almost impossible to fail.

Netflix

No Tax and Chill: Netflix’s Offshore Millions

Our research reveals that the online video company Netflix streamed up to $430m of profit from their international operations into tax havens in 2018, while paying no corporation tax in the UK.

Corporate Tax and Tech companies in the UK

Despite a supposed international clampdown, the top 5 tech companies avoided an estimated £5bn UK tax in last five years.