Google’s UK staff took home an average of £234,000 last year on the back of £441m in share-based payouts at the search giant.
The company’s UK business saw its total wage bill rise to more than £1bn for its 4,439 UK employees – an increase on the £829m earned by staff in 2018.
However, the company’s tax charge for the year fell from £65.6m to £44.3m. Around £10.6m in taxes were deferred.
The only logical manner of calculating the tax charge is “What is the tax charge on this activity?” – not which legal person or entity is nominally responsible for which bit of the tax bill. We do know that tax incidence exists after all.
Of that £billion in wages some £300 to £400 million will have gone in tax, no?