Ritchie wibbles to the Mail

Experts say Google’s corporation tax bill for 2013 is likely to be much lower than it should be because the group runs its British operations out of Ireland.

Expert is stretching it a bit.

‘On the basis of Google’s global performance and the share of its profits in the UK we would expect it to pay more than £200million a year in the UK,’ said tax accountant Richard Murphy, who helped expose coffee chain Starbucks for avoiding tax.

For Starbucks didn’t avoid tax of course. It simply didn’t make a profit.

And as to Google, no, we wouldn’t expect them to be paying £200 million in tax in the UK. And Murphy knows why too: the tax law doesn’t say that it should pay £200 million in tax in the UK. Murphy might think Google ought to: but the law says differently. And when we’ve a conflict between the law and a retired accountant from Wandsworth who are we to believe?

Personally I’d go with the law.

10 thoughts on “Ritchie wibbles to the Mail”

  1. Experts say Google’s corporation tax bill for 2013 is likely to be much lower than it should be because the group runs its British operations out of Ireland.

    Should be “The group runs its European operations out of Ireland”. By the way, is there as much faux outrage over corporation tax across the channel as there is here, and is there a frog or kraut equivalent of Richie?

  2. Am I being thick here ? Doesn’t the ‘Single European Market’ mean that Google or anyone else can do just that ?

  3. Well, I keep saying it & there’s your proof. The power of the narrative case. And the Mail’s bought it. The fairy story & the author, both.
    And trying to counter it with fact is like trying to herd cats.

  4. I keep seeing things like

    “… it was revealed that Google paid only 14m Corporation Tax on sales of 3bn ….”

    and wondering how the people who write it ever got a job writing about finances ?

    Doesn’t the phrasing instantly tell you the person saying that is either mind-numbingly stupid or dishonest ?

  5. I see the narcissistic greasy fat fvck is not averse to publicity-seeking in a newspaper whose views and readership must be about as far from his own politics as it is possible to get

  6. Ok, Google Ireland made large profits, as its allowed to. The UK corporation tax – what company made the profits for that to be payable? Google UK perhaps?

    Just out of interest, if we invaded Eire and imposed UK law on the occupied territory, would the corporation tax then be payable to the UK government?

  7. How does this fit in with the claim that we should have all of Vodaphone Germany’s money because it’s a UK company ?

  8. How does this fit in with the claim that we should have all of Vodaphone Germany’s money because it’s a UK company ?

    The answer is that the claim that Vodafone’s foreign entity profits should be subject to UK tax originates with one R Murphy. That probably is all you need, to know that it is a fatuous claim and not in line with the law but the selective and “moral” position of our hypocritical union-funded greaseball.

  9. Single European Market.

    In the US they have dealt with this problem through unitary taxation of corporates at state level.

    I suspect that the EC will shortly propose that to “sort out” this mess they should have a single EU wide corporation tax and that any revenue raised should become own resources.

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