Ben Saunders is technically right. He also spectacularly misses the point. Google is tax avoiding: by definition that means what they are doing is legal, of course. And it may even be that what Google is doing is within the spirit of EU law, although that is to simply miss the fact that EU tax laws have now been spectacularly rigged to advantage companies over people so that the spirit of the law has itself been corrupted.
The claims get ever more extreme, don\’t they? We started out with tax avoidance being going against the spirit of he law even if entirely within the letter. Now the claim is that even if you\’re within the spirit of the law you can be tax avoiding.
I have a feeling that tax avoidance is really anything that Ritchie doesn\’t approve of…..
But if a corporation claims to be moral, as Google does, and then acts to deny those in need the resources required to ensure that their needs can be met – and that’s what’s now happening in a world where without exception cuts are impacting on the poor, the young, on education, on healthcare and life prospects, then the choice Google has made is, I think, an evil one.
If that contention were actually to be taken seriously then The Tax Gap Ltd would have some \’splainin\’ to do. For The Tax Gap Ltd has, entirely legally and entirely within both the letter and spirit of the law, some assets. There are people in this world dying, at this very moment, from lack of the assets to purchase food and or medicine, some of them even water. Morality, as above, would insist that the Tax Gap Ltd\’s assets be deployed providing the resources required to ensure that their needs can be met. They aren\’t.
Therefore the Tax Gap Ltd is evil.