Starbucks hit by tax protests

Coffee chain Starbucks has been hit by protests at branches across the country over its tax arrangements, despite announcing changes to its payments. Dozens of activists chanted "pay your tax" and waved placards and banners outside a London branch.

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Tax avoidance crackdown follows condemnation of big names

Some customers boycotted Starbucks due to its tax policy. Credit: PA

The Chancellor plans to bolster the Inland Revenue team that deals with multinationals amid widespread condemnation of big-name firms like Starbucks, Google and Amazon after it emerged they pay little or no corporation tax in the UK.

Starbucks is preparing to change its tax affairs so it pays more into Britain's coffers following a customer boycott, according to the Sunday Times.

Osborne to announce investment in enforcing taxes for big corporations

The Chancellor George Osborne said he will unveil new plans to "enforce the taxes we've got" for large corporations.

Speaking on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, he said:

"I'm going to be announcing tomorrow extra investment in the part of the Inland Revenue that tackles tax avoidance by multi-national companies."

He said he is also working to "make sure internationally we've got the right rules. It's actually Britain who has been working with Germany and France to get those rules on the international table."


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