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People power is making multinationals like Starbucks pay up

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Premier League football clubs only paid £3m in corporation tax last year, despite turning over £2.2bn a year

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Britain's Premier League football clubs are awash with money. They pay star players £250,000 a week, and turn over £2.2bn a year. Yet records show they paid only £3m in corporation tax last year

The secret of Amazon’s low tax bill is it books most of its UK sales at its subsidiary in Luxembourg

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Online retailer forced to reveal full extent of its tax avoidance policies by Public Accounts Committee

Since George Osborne delivered his Budget in March companies have paid £24.9bn in corporation tax, 9.8 per cent less than the £27.6bn they handed over in the same period of last year.

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Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg maintains that his website is not motivated primarily by money

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Treasury won't name and shame tax avoiders

Tax experts have scoffed at Treasury plans announced this week to “name and shame” tax avoiders. But they warned anyone involved in schemes that they face up to five years of sleepless nights as loopholes are closed.

Coca-Cola have said that they will decline tax exemptions

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Holiday homes in France may become subject to a new 'social charge' if proposals from President François Hollande are approved

The owners of homes abroad fight legality of new tax plans

Property is a popular target for European governments to prop up their flagging economies, writes Emma Lunn

Tax holidays: The Cayman Islands is one of the world's fastest growing tax havens

War waged on Europe's €2trn black economy

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