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Google hairsplitting on U.K. tax obligations

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Google looks too clever on British tax. Quizzed by parliamentarians last year, the tech giant defended its low tax U.K. bills, saying deals are actually struck in lower-tax Ireland. Yet a Reuters investigation suggests London is actually a sales hub. Google distinguishes between U.K. staff who encourage sales and Irish employees who execute deals. That hairsplitting won’t impress politicians or newspapers. Rightly so.