The glare on Google is too bright for Ireland's liking

Ireland will be shifting uncomfortably, thanks to the controversies over Google's and Apple's tax affairs, writes Cliff Taylor.

18th May, 2013
No 'brass plate' operation -- Google employs 3,000 people in Dublin. Photo: Feargal Ward

The House of Commons public accounts committee has the bit between its teeth. A senior Google executive, Matt Brittin, was questioned last week on whether sales were effectively being closed in the British market by British staff - which would mean that tax would be payable there on the resulting profits. Instead, Google claims the deals are "closed" in Ireland and booked in its Irish headquarters.

It is a piece of tax law which, ironically,...

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