TaxWatch publishes regular reports that seek to inform debate on the tax system in the UK. You can find an archive of all of TaxWatch’s reports on this page.
Swedish goats, Japanese hedgehogs
£324 million has been spent on subsidising “culturally British” games, including Batman, Sonic, and Goat Simulator. To receive this relief, developers have to pass the BFI’s test – which is almost impossible to fail
Global Video Games Giants
Four large companies have claimed close to half of all Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) since the scheme’s inception. The cost of Video Games Tax Relief has spiralled to over £100m a year, and since 2014 has seen WarnerMedia claim £60m, Sony £30m, and Sega £20m.
World of Taxcraft
Our research reveals how the publisher of hit games including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush moved €5bn to companies in Bermuda and Barbados between 2013-2017. The company is currently under investigation by tax authorities in the UK, Sweden and France.
Gaming the Tax System
Grand Theft Auto V is the most commercially successful product in the history of the entertainment industry, generating over $5bn in revenue. Despite this, the British makers of the game have paid nothing in corporation tax and received £42m in relief.
A Question of Royalties
- A practical solution to the problem of taxing international tech companies in the UK
For ten years tax avoidance by large multinational technology firms has been at the top of the global political agenda, but so far no effective solutions have been found. In this paper TaxWatch UK sets out a proposal that will ensure that tech companies operating in the UK are properly taxed on their profits.
The government tax break worth £100m+ for Heathrow
For years Heathrow made billions in operating profit, but paid nothing in tax. We reveal how OECD attempts to tighten up the tax system have been undermined by the UK government, giving the shareholders of Heathrow a benefit worth more than £100m a year.
– Still crazy after all these years
The world’s largest tech companies have become known 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 five of the largest tech companies in the world and calculated the tax they might have been expected to pay, if those profits were reported in the UK.