Google, Facebook and Twitter face fresh UK tax scrutiny

Google, Facebook and Twitter are facing renewed scrutiny of their UK tax arrangements after a Labour MP criticised the companies’ lack of social responsibility and called for them to help fund anti-cyberbullying measures.In a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday, shadow culture minister Helen Goodman said social media firms were placing an extra burden on the UK public purse through the workload of teachers, police and social workers dealing with threats and harassment on social networks. “These firms are putting a new and costly burden on the public purse but they are not acting as responsible corporate citizens,” Goodman said. “The government can’t stand back and ignore this. Ministers need to ensure that [tax authorities] use all the weapons at their disposal and if necessary legislate further to crack down on these avoidance devices.”

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