Direct Democracy Comment

Starbucks compete with Vodafone and eBay in UK tax avoidance scams

Starbucks [the US company that doesn't like to inconvenience itself with having to turn off taps while not in use whilst priding itself on its ethics], is now competing with Vodafone to see who can rip-off the UK tax payer [their customers!] the most. When this attitude is so prevalent on UK high streets, it is indicative of HMRC's one-sided approach to collecting tax revenues, as while they wine and dine Vodafone and extend all possible repayment options to the corporates, they hammer the individual and small business proprietor while offering no concessions and only threats.

On top of this, HMRC directors are themselves running and advising tax-avoiding companies on the side!

Starbucks have paid NO tax for the last three years [a period that saw them rake-in £1.2 BN] and in 2011, where McDonald's paid £80 M in tax against a revenue of 3.6 BN, Starbucks paid nothing against its UK revenue of £398 M and Google paid just £6 M on UK revenues of £2.5 BN!

Also heavily taking advantage is eBay which paid only £1.2 M against a revenue of £800 M [2010 - 2011] with £51 M being due in Corporation Tax alone!

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