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UK sales for 2013 surge to $5.6bn, bringing its corporation tax arrangements back into the spotlight

Matt Brittin, Google's vice president for northern and central Europe

HMRC are being 'bamboozled' by Google: MPs confront search giant over 'devious' attempt to avoid paying UK tax

Internet giants on back foot after shopping giant admitted it receives more in government grants than it pays in UK corporate tax

HMRC recalculates bills for 5 million taxpayers

Some 5.5 million people overpaid or underpaid tax last year, HM Revenue & Customs has admitted. It means they will be clawing back up to £1bn from unsuspecting taxpayers for unpaid tax in the 2012-13 financial year.

The Goldman Sachs' building in Fleet Street, London

Defeat for UK Uncut as High Court rules Goldman Sachs 'sweetheart' tax deal is flawed but lawful

But judge tells UK Uncut that deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue'

The Goldman Sachs' building in Fleet Street, London

'Sweetheart' deal between HMRC and Goldman Sachs was struck to save Government embarrassment, court hears

A “sweetheart” tax deal which saved Goldman Sachs millions of pounds was agreed by HMRC to save Chancellor George Osborne from “major embarrassment”, a court has heard.

Bringing Amazon to book: 160,000 sign independent shops petition amid tax anger

World's largest online retailer under renewed pressure to pay corporation tax in Britain

The Wigan Athletic mascot looks on as the Premier League team play

Unpaid full-time ‘job’ exposed at second Premier League side

Wigan Athletic have become the second Premier League football club to be exposed for advertising a lengthy internship with no salary.

Thousands of Revenue and Customs workers set to strike

Thousands of Revenue and Customs workers will go on strike tomorrow in the latest phase of months of industrial action by civil servants in a row over jobs, pensions and terms and conditions.

Diesel laundering operation smashed after dawn raids north and south of Irish border

Detectives have smashed a massive multimillion-euro diesel laundering plant in one of the biggest cross-border operations of its kind in Britain or Ireland.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 19 February 2013

Five-day airline strike hits Spain

Rangers assistant boss Kenny McDowall believes the turmoil of the last 12 months will make Ally McCoist a better manager

Ally McCoist is a credit to Rangers, says Kenny McDowall

Rangers assistant boss Kenny McDowall believes the turmoil of the last 12 months will make Ally McCoist a better manager.

Senior barrister who specialised in fraud cases guilty of VAT scam

A senior barrister and expert in fraud cases was convicted today after he “disappeared off the VAT radar” in a “preposterous” ploy to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax.

Coalition 'will have increased taxes 300 times by 2015'

Taxes will have been increased almost 300 times by the coalition Government before its term of office ends in 2015, new research claimed today.

Lin Homer, Chief Executive of HMRC, left, and Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to the offices of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

Revenue and Customs pledges to scrap fee-charging 0845 telephone lines

Customers will no longer be left hanging on premium rate numbers when they contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the tax collection agency has promised.

Self-assessment deadline looms for thousands

Nearly half a million people wait until the very last day to file their self-assessment tax form according to figures from HM Revenue & Customs.

Crown Prosecution Service launches crackdown on middle-class tax evaders

Prosecutors to increase cases pursued and no longer treat fraud as a victimless crime

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