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Lunch on Tuesday with one of our biggest investment funds came to life when I asked when we might expect shareholders to worry enough about the damage to corporate reputations to vote against boards which pursued aggressive tax-avoidance strategies.

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Ben Chu: Let's not get bamboozled by Google in the global tax avoidance debate

Outlook Who says politics is boring? There was another entertaining session of the Public Accounts Committee today as Google's Matt Brittin received a fresh savaging from the chair Margaret Hodge over the internet giant's tax avoidance. The climax came when Ms Hodge told Mr Brittin: "I think you do do evil". The spanking followed revelations about Amazon's minuscule corporation tax bill earlier in the week. How Ms Hodge must have wished she'd been able to give Jeff Bezos a tongue lashing too.

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Amazon may employ thousands of people in the UK, but its European headquarters is in the tax haven of Luxembourg, where it employs several hundred staff.

Amazon pays only a tiny fraction of its profits in corporation tax because all sales to British customers are routed through a Luxembourg affiliate

Revealed: Amazon earns more through government grants than it pays in tax

Now Google is in spotlight as MPs are told how whistleblowers exposed tax affairs

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Opponents say changing the law could put vulnerable people under pressure 'not to be a burden on others'

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

Devon on vocals, with her husband Tito Burns on accordion

Terry Devon: Much-loved singer of the postwar years

Terry Devon was an award-winning British vocalist of the 1940s and early 1950s who was known as much for her scat singing as for more conventional performances. As part of the Keynotes she was a resident singer on the BBC comedy series Take It From Here, but she retired to raise her family and to support her husband, the showbusiness manager and agent, Tito Burns.

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Another blow for George Osborne as hopes of export-led rebound hit by poor trade figures

The Chancellor’s ambitions of rebalancing the economy were dealt another blow today by official figures showing a greater-than-expected deterioration in the UK’s trade balance in February.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visiting a World Food Programme Center on the outskirts of Beirut earlier this year

European countries cut international aid

OECD reports budgets are down by 4 per cent but Britain sticks to foreign-spending target

Anthony Hilton: Rowland keeping it in the family bank

I rather fancy the idea of being so rich that you buy your own bank to look after your money rather than having to lie awake worrying that your high street branch is about to go bust on you.

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Sellers revolt as Amazon hikes fees for traders by up to 70 per cent

It overtook eBay as the preferred marketplace for traders to use to sell their goods. But online retailers may be soon returning to eBay in droves after Amazon put up its fees for traders by as much as 70 per cent.

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