Facebook to fight against UK tax claw-back

Tax battle follows £130m back payment from Google

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US tech giant Facebook has said it will resist any attempts by HMRC to reclaim back-taxes, despite heightened efforts  by the UK’s tax collection service to crack down on US multinationals using aggressive tax-avoidance schemes.

HMRC’s probe into the company will audit Facebook’s taxes from 2010 – 2014.

In 2014, Facebook contributed a sum total of £4,327 in corporation tax.

Facebook’s tax battle comes in the wake of a back tax payment from Google to HMRC of £130m.

In its most recent financial statement to Companies House, Facebook said it would “defend any and all such claims on presentation and believes that there is a possible, but not probable obligation in relation to these matters”.

A spokesperson added that the company is “compliant with UK tax law”.

The effort Facebook is making to avoid contributing to the UK economy will no-doubt raise hackles, but will anyone cease using the service? It seems unlikely.

 

 

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