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UK: Google called back to parliament to answer tax questions after investigation challenges some of its previous evidence; company denies claims

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1 May 2013

Google ordered back to parliament to answer tax questions [UK]

Author: Juliette Garside, Guardian [UK]

Google and its auditor Ernst & Young will be recalled to parliament to restate their evidence on the internet search giant's tax position following an investigation into Google's advertising sales practices. Matt Brittin, Google's European boss, told parliament's public accounts committee last November that his sales team was based in tax-sheltered Dublin and that the job of UK staff was to market Google as an advertising space rather than to negotiate and close deals with advertisers. Evidence gathered by Reuters...appears to show that some staff closing deals are based in London...A spokesman for Google said Brittin denied he had misled parliament and stated that London staff were employed as "digital consultants" while only those based in Dublin handled sales contracts...rnst & Young will be asked to return to...clarify whether the auditor checks Google's staff are carrying out the type of work claimed in the company's accounts and statements to tax inspectors...Sarah Jurado, a spokeswoman for the auditor, said in a statement: "Ernst & Young conducts audits in accordance with International Standards on Auditing," adding that this included the standard that "requires us to obtain an understanding of the entity and the environment in which the entity operates".

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24 January 2013

Tax avoidance - an introduction

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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