Google boss call back for tax avoidance issue

The internet giant was asked to explain its claims over sales strategies which helped keep tax bills downs.


Google’s accountants Ernst and Young also face being recalled to Westminster to defend themselves over further allegations.


Public accounts committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said: ‘We will need to very quickly call back the Google executives to give them a chance to explain themselves.’


MPs needed to make sure the bosses were ‘not being economical with the truth’ first time around, she added.


Google executives were questioned by the committee in November over how it paid just £6million tax on £2.6billion of revenues in 2011.


Tax experts have suggested that was £218million short. Google executive Matt Brittin insisted it did not make any sales to British customers in this country, meaning no tax was due.

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