Starbucks, Amazon and Google to face UK lawmakers over tax

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Three3 wrote:

The fault is with those who created these laws, not with those who built their business practices in accordance with them. If you don’t like it, then go after the people who can change the laws.

Nov 11, 2012 8:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sheet wrote:


So called “governments” shouldn’t steal money from people. Now the corporations aren’t people and should be taxed. However not the people.

Nov 11, 2012 9:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Slam1263 wrote:

Great, these Progressives’ should have their wealth confiscated, for the good of the people.

Nov 11, 2012 10:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Slam1263 wrote:

Great, these Progressives’ should have their wealth confiscated, for the good of the people.

Nov 11, 2012 10:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Luxomni wrote:

Sheet, no company pays taxes. They collect them from the customer to pass through to the government. Raise the taxes? No problem, we raise the price on the things you buy and you pay it. What could be easier than than that? And your envious little brain thinks you have hurt them.

Nov 11, 2012 11:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
acashmony wrote:

some of the biggest donors to the DNC. Love it

Nov 11, 2012 11:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
YipYap wrote:

Then perhaps Parliament ought to consider changing the law (which of course they wrote themselves) and get rid of the loopholes rather than persecuting companies that are following the law as it currently stands. Not hard really, even for parliamentarians.

Nov 12, 2012 12:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
west129 wrote:

As I see it, this is proof of the incompetence of those ignoramuses “composing” laws. Since the beginning of government it has been writing laws to correct their laws and to make them “fairer”. Fair to whom and when and where does it stop? How many chances do they get to fix their never ending screw ups? By now one would expect that everything should be so perfect that no new laws are required.
It is idiotic and absurd to call CEOs on the carpet to find out who screwed up? We know it’s the greedy and corrupt politician!

Nov 12, 2012 7:03am EST  --  Report as abuse

Tax companies more and they will charge people more for their products. Backdoor tax of people. They don’t print profits like the government, unless they are General Motors. Still, Starbucks, Amazon and Google are lefty companies. Why don’t you ask “these” donors to pay “their fair share” Obama?

Nov 12, 2012 7:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
burn8 wrote:

fair share = more than youre paying me now

Nov 12, 2012 10:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
JJErler wrote:

This article was written for the economically uneducated. Only sales taxes (not what this article is about) are based on sales. However many billions of sales these companies had is irrelevant. Income/coporate taxes are based on PROFITS, and those figures were mysteriously left out of this article… most likely because you would find that those companies paid exactly the rate they are supposed to on their profits within those companies. The trick is shifting the profits elsewhere, but if it’s legal due to loopholes, what good is calling these companies in going to do? Just change the loophole. The UK already has a revenue based tax for sales – the VAT. So what they really want is a way to raise the VAT higher than it is now without saying that’s what they are doing.

Nov 12, 2012 10:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
Nomorehyphens wrote:

Many of you have stated something to the effect of “the politicians keep having to adjust the laws, they should be perfect by now.”

I remember once hearing a speech made by Reagan in which he said, “the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.” It was a speech about the dangers of communism. That line fits this situation to a tee!

Lastly I will say that it’s just too delicious that each of these companies are big left leaning major contributors to the Obama campaign! Hilarious.

Nov 12, 2012 10:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
DeutcheTex wrote:

Why, they’re just un-American… er, selfish for not wanting to pay their tax bill. That’s what the Commissar, Herr O’Bama says of anyone who doesn’t want to pay more in taxes.

Nov 12, 2012 2:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KMH wrote:

Its funny how the most liberal corporations are always the biggest tax dodgers: Starbucks, Amazon, and Google all run by people who love the idea of taxing others through the roof just not themselves.

Nov 12, 2012 2:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
LC_CPA46 wrote:

Let’s see. Ok, so ‘soak’ Starbucks. Guess who will pay for it…Starbucks customers…And who are they? Lots of left wing types spending the day ‘browsing’ the Webb in search of fellow anarchists. Oh, yes and those 1% who can afford fu-fu drinks!

Nov 12, 2012 5:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
czkidd67 wrote:

Don’t you just love these governments “inviting” these profitable corps in to discuss why they are not paying enough taxes so that the same government can spend itself and its people into oblivion? In essence the government, which creates equal misery on all is telling these corps to pay so that they have money to spend and keep control of the people. How is it you people keep voting these other people in power to control you? Are you that dependent on these oter people? After all we are just people.

Nov 12, 2012 6:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jtb1 wrote:

But no-one investigates Apple? They pay something like 1.7% tax on sales here.

Nov 13, 2012 2:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
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