This week is the start of term at LSE, so I’m back blogging. While I was away, Chris Lenon started his own blog. Lenon was Head of Tax at Rio Tinto, and then chaired the tax committee of BIAC, the industry group that lobbies at the OECD. We used to bump into each other quite a… Continue reading Starbucks, and Chris Lenon’s new blog
How much tax “ought” Starbucks to have paid?
On Friday evening Ben Saunders posted a really interesting reply to my post arguing the case for name and shame campaigns. If you haven’t already, you should go read it. It’s interesting for two reasons. First, because Ben’s been thinking hard about Starbucks’ tax structure and the practical implementation of its dramatic commitment last week.… Continue reading How much tax “ought” Starbucks to have paid?
Starbucks’ move is a game changer
Well, someone’s got to say it. I presumed there’d be something weasily in there somewhere, but reading the statement in full, it seems pretty watertight.
Why I don’t agree with UK Uncut’s critics
In this post, I’m going to let you into a little secret about tax avoidance campaigners. But I’ll come back to that in a bit. In a week bookended by the Public Accounts Committee’s criticism of Starbucks, Amazon and Google, and UK Uncut’s planned action in Starbucks stores, the usual criticisms of ‘name and shame’… Continue reading Why I don’t agree with UK Uncut’s critics
Starbucks et al: making sense of today’s news
Following the debate over today’s Public Accounts Committee report is difficult when everything is so blurred by simplification: it’s like Chinese whispers. But here are some thoughts based on what I think we know.
Questions for the Public Accounts Committee today
This afternoon, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will be discussing “Taxation of Multinational Corporations” with Matt Brittin, Chief Executive Officer of Google UK, Troy Alstead, Starbucks Global Chief Financial Officer and Andrew Cecil, Director of Public Policy at Amazon. The Guardian reports that Starbucks may already have sustained lasting damage to its brand image from… Continue reading Questions for the Public Accounts Committee today