Reply to post: Re: Blame Game

Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

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Re: Blame Game

So who's fault is it exactly? "Facebook" isn't a person (despite insane US laws on corporate personhood), so you cannot accurately say that it's "Facebook's" fault.

If you're an accountant employed by a company to minimise it's tax liability, do you minimise it tax liability to the full extent that is legal, or do you say to your employer, "actually, despite us being legally entitled to claim some tax back, I think we shouldn't do that".

If you're a shareholder in a company, would you typically want/expect that company to maximise it's profits or not?

I think "it's Facebook's fault" or "it's HMRC's fault" is way too simplistic - the problem is inherent in the system that we have, and the only way of changing it is through systematic change in how tax is collected.

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