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Tax relief system 'too complicated'

Bill Dodwell, head of tax policy at Deloitte, says the UK "has a complicated tax system, and we would like to see simplification".
BBC Radio 4 Today

BBC Radio 4 Today

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over 2 years ago

henrypage
Why do you assume that the intentions of such organisations is only to give advice on how the relief applies? Is it not the stock-in-trade of these professional service companies? How do you think they earn their money? Google paid £6m CT on a £2.3bn UK turnover last year. Facebook paid just £238,000 in tax last year in the UK despite estimates of making £175m.
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henrypage over 2 years ago
lpf20
@henrypage Why do you(/does she) assume that the "brochure" will be giving advice on loopholes, rather than just advice on how the relief should apply?
lpf20 over 2 years ago
henrypage
I would argue that Hodge's issue is relevant in the case of her gamekeeper turned poacher. If the man who participated as a paid government advisor could give advice on the loopholes once his advisory role was over, what exactly are we paying for? It is the same as asking a shoplifter to design the security for a retail outlet!
henrypage over 2 years ago
lpf20
So...Margaret Hodge's issue with KPMG seems to be that the have a marketing department?
lpf20 over 2 years ago
henrypage
... disgraceful answers from Bill Dodwell. Their rents are higher than their competitors? Higher than Costa? Why?

These people think we are all too inept to challenge them. Starbucks don't deserve any business here in the UK!
henrypage over 2 years ago