Phil Da Lick! <phil_the_lick@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Mark Kent wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> ____/ Richard Rasker on Sunday 16 November 2008 22:09 : \____
>>>> Here I am, with my little business, dumping some 30% of my modest annual
>>>> profits into the great big pot "for the common good". I have no real
>>>> problems with that -- I find that good health care, education, old-age
>>>> benefits etcetera quite make up for it, although I hate the idea that a
>>>> part of that money is used to build more roads and demolish what little
>>>> nature we have left here. Ah well, you can't have it all.
>>>> One would expect Microsoft to pay a nice tax sum as well -- after all,
>>>> they're making billions, and Microsod and the BSA are always blabbering
>>>> about how using Microsoft crap^H^H^H^Hsoftware and fighting piracy is "good
>>>> for the economy" etcetera. AND Bill Gates is blabbering about all the
>>>> charity that Microsoft does, push^H^H^H^Hgiving away free software "worth
>>>> billions" ...
>>>> Turns out that these parasitic bastards use a tax avoidance scam by
>>>> funneling all their profits through Ireland, in effect paying only €460.000
>>>> in taxes over annual UK profits exceeding € 1.2 billion, in effect paying
>>>> only 0,04% in taxes.
>>>> It's sickening. In my opinion, every self-respecting (and tax-paying!)
>>>> business should be making plans to abandon the products of these greedy
>>>> bloodsuckers, who just take money and give nothing back.
>>>> Richard Rasker
>>> In case you are curious, I've accumulated many more examples and analysis
>> The government has recently stated that it will be chasing companies
>> avoiding paying tax. I wonder if they'll be chasing Microsoft?
> I assume that you're referring to the UK govt. Nothing they can do about
> it in this case. MS trading out of Ireland is perfectly legit under EU
Yes, I was talking about HMG. It would also be legit for HMG to look at
alternative suppliers, I suspect. There are many ways of chasing for
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