Amazon May Finally Have to Start Paying Taxes (in France)

A newly unveiled French tax proposal targets American internet companies like Amazon, a company notorious for paying low taxes in the UK and elsewhere on massive annual profits. Read More >>

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Is Amazon Evil and Am I Evil for Using It?

1-Click ordering a massively discounted flat-screen TV, or seventy pounds of coarse-grained salt, it can be easy to forget, or temporarily repress, all those stories you’ve read about, say, working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses, or its propagation of the gig economy through contract labour. Read More >>

Coca-Cola Bottles Are Set to Get Smaller and More Expensive

Two words to invoke fear and outrage into any fan of sugary drinks: sugar tax. It's due to come into effect in April this year, and Coca-Cola has just revealed that its 1.75 litre bottles are going to shrink down to 1.5 litre... and cost 20p more. Read More >>

Bath Plans Tourist Tax on Overnight Stayers

Bath's council has come up with a plan to help pay for the costly maintenance of all those viaducts and baths and Roman things it has to continually patch up with the right kind of legacy mortar -- tax the tourists. Read More >>

Apple Begrudgingly Agrees to Pay Ireland Nearly £11 Billion in Back Taxes

Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook likes to talk a big game about how the tech industry should be more socially responsible while overseeing an international tax-avoidance regime that puts Scrooge McDuck’s gold-filled vault/swimming pool to shame, has agreed to repay Ireland over €12 billion (around £10.8 million) in unpaid taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>

Apple Defends Funnelling Money Into Jersey, Claims its Not Tax Avoidance

Apple was a big fan of Ireland, because Ireland let it get away with paying barely any tax. Then the EU found out and Apple got sent to the naughty step, even though its teams of lawyers are appealing to prove the naughty step is cruel and unjustified. Well the recently unveiled Paradise Papers revealed that it has another tax friend in the form of Jersey. Read More >>

Tim Cook Now Accepts That Apple Might Have to Pay Taxes in Countries Where Products Are Sold

It's no secret that Apple has been taking advantage of a lucrative system that lets it avoid paying a significant amount of tax, all thanks to Ireland. Tim Cook might have called the EU's decision to claim Apple's back tax "maddening" and "political crap", but after a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron, it sounds like he's changing his tune a bit. Read More >>

AirBnB Only Paid £188,000 in UK Tax Last year

In another instalment of 'big companies getting away with paying fuck all tax' it's been revealed that rental service AirBnB only paid £188,000 in corporation tax last year. That's £8,000 less than it paid in 2015, and despite the fact it collected over £657 million in rent payments. Read More >>

Wetherspoons Protests Tax By Giving Everyone Even Cheaper Food and Drink

Ah, J.D. Wetherspoon. Not exactly the hallmark of quality, but it is the one true home of the Cheap Night Out. Read More >>

Ireland Says the EU isn’t Justified Asking Apple for €13 Billion in Taxes

Corporations are people. That's what we get told. But unlike actual people they somehow manage to get away with paying what seems like a very small amount of tax. Actual people don't like this, even though the companies themselves furiously defend what appear to be obvious tax-avoidance schemes.  Apple is no different, though it seems to have an ally in the form of Ireland's finance minister. Read More >>

UK Barrister Sues Uber For £20m+ In Unpaid VAT

A UK tax barrister is suing Uber for tens of millions he says it owes in backdated VAT. Read More >>

Clamping For Unpaid Car Tax Skyrockets After Death of Paper Disc

Figures obtained by the BBC through a Freedom of Information request show that clamping for unpaid car tax has almost doubled since the paper tax disc was thrown on the scrapheap. Read More >>

Apple Hit With Record Penalty For Illegal Irish Tax Arrangement [Updated]

The big news today is that a mega-rich company that’s done its utmost to pay as little as possible in taxes will have to pay a perfectly manageable fine if it’s found to have done anything naughty. Read More >>

Apple’s 2015 UK Tax Bill Was the Equivalent of a Couple of Hours of Sales

A measly £12.9 million is what Apple is reported to have paid in UK corporation tax last year, despite Apple Retail UK Limited (which runs the Apple Stores) bringing in £1 billion in revenue. The company, of course, is technically doing nothing wrong, which proves that the world is a lovely place run by lovely people. Read More >>

Apple Security Guards Kicked Cupertino’s Mayor Out of Its HQ

Cupertino mayor Barry Chang is apparently not an Apple fanboy. In a fiery interview with The Guardian, Chang says he was kicked out of Apple HQ when he was a city councilman. He was hoping to have a meeting about the city’s growing traffic congestion to which Apple contributes considerably. He didn’t get one. Read More >>