Google boss in tax row with Miliband

Google’s boss has told UK politicians to “sort out” the tax system, after criticisms of the internet search giant by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Mr Miliband told a meeting of the firm’s staff that he was “disappointed” it had paid just £6m in corporation tax on UK sales worth £3.2bn in 2011.

But executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Google followed “the tax laws of the countries we operate in”.

He added the company would “continue to invest in the UK, no matter what”.

Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt said the global tax system did not “necessarily” make sense to him

Google, most of whose UK profits are routed through Ireland, is one of several multinationals strongly criticised for organising their tax affairs in ways that minimise the amounts they pay in the UK.


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