Special Report: How the UK tax authority got cozy with big business

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A row of piggy banks adorned with the colours of Britain's Union Jack flag are displayed in a souvenir shop in London in this March 24, 2010 file photo. Big companies in Britain now pay less tax than they did 12 years ago despite a big jump in profitability, a Reuters analysis of official data shows. Tax campaigners say the trend is the clearest signal yet that tax avoidance has blossomed under a more business-friendly strategy at the UK tax authority Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files