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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:51 PM

 

Activists target Starbucks stores

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Anti tax avoidance activists have staged protests at more than 50 Starbucks stores to complain about the coffee chain's tax arrangements.
UK Uncut said it was the most widespread day of action it had ever held, showing the depth of anger at the scale of tax avoidance by some large companies.

The demonstrations went ahead in cities including London, Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool, Sheffield and Portsmouth even though the US giant announced changes to its tax payments.

Starbucks said it expects to pay around 10 million in UK corporation tax for each of the next two years, following the revelation that it paid just 8.6 million in 14 years of trading in Britain and nothing in the last three years.

UK Uncut said it had "transformed" Starbucks stores into refuges, creches and homeless shelters to highlight the tax issues as well as the effect of Government cuts on women. There was a police presence at many of the protests, with some of the demonstrators told to report to a police station within seven days. There were two arrests in London.





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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 03:19 PM

1. Welcome_hubby

I agree with these people 100%,the same should be done here in the U.S. with all who do not pay and that would include churches,big corporations,or the romney's of this country who decide to hide their monies off shore.

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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 03:45 PM

2. They should throw the beans into Belfast Harbour

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It made for a good show in Boston, long ago.

(edited for spelling, thanks dipsydoodle!)

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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:43 AM

3. It doesn't specify how Starbucks was able to pay so little in taxes.

If there is a loophole that needs closing, it's the government that needs to do it. Otherwise, Starbucks and other corporations will wait until the heat is off and do the same damn thing.

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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:50 AM

4. Maybe we need similar movements in this country agains those corportation that pay little or no

state or local taxes. Maybe the people need to be educated about how these business get away with having little or no "cost of doing business" but return little to the communities who are suffering from lack of funds for their own people's benefit. There is also a burden to communities for sheltering big businesses in a community by way of added traffic, wear and tear on roads and bridges, air pollution, water pollution, noise etc. Is the trade off really worth it? If no locality would agree to these arrangements wouldn't it be a good thing? Most of these businesses are going to do business anyway and they need good workers to make them profitable. Why should they always unreasonable profits and get away with it?

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