Members of Parliament are at a loss as to why major corporations are obeying the tax laws they wrote.
The Public Accounts Committee described it as ‘worrying’ and ‘inexplicable’ that a company should abide by its obligations to a legal system they introduced.
As part of an ongoing investigation. Google chief executive Matt Brittin was called in front of the committee to explain why his company is complying fully with the law.
The Committee asked a series of searching questions in an attempt to get to the bottom of why Google are complying with the tax code they created, and whether they thought their customers would be happy to learn they were doing precisely what is required of them by the law.
“Obviously Google and other corporations should pay more tax than the laws we wrote demand of them,” said Labour MP Meg Hillier, who chairs the committee.
“Google recently paid back monies from the period from 2005 to 2011, but if we’d had a Labour government back then we would have had far more stringent enforcement.”
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