Starbucks sprung to the headlines last week for all the wrong reasons. According to a recent report the company is reported to have paid less than 1% in corporation tax on the £3bn that it has made in the UK since 1998.
There are a couple of questions that spring to mind:
It’s not illegal, but does that make it right?
Is it fair that a U.S coffee giant can sit alongside a locally owned business and (although their products and services are similar) they pay completely different amounts of tax?
So this begs the question; who is responsible for these companies avoiding tax? Surely if a company registered outside the UK, trades alongside a UK business it should be liable to pay the same amount of tax.
Our businesses all pay the standard corporation tax applicable and we are happy to do so, because we want to be an integral part of the UK business community!
We believe that there should be a level playing field to encourage small business growth. What do you think?