John Lewis boss calls for 'even playing field' for UK businesses

The managing director of high street staple John Lewis has called on the Government to look at the way foreign multinational companies pay tax in the UK.

Andy Street said companies in overseas tax havens will "out-invest and ultimately out-trade" businesses paying full taxes in the UK.

Shoppers at the flagship Oxford Street John Lewis store
Shoppers at the flagship Oxford Street John Lewis store Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He called on the Treasury to look into the "principle" that underpins where earnings are taxed - suggesting that UK companies are not competing on a level playing field.

His comments come just two days after bosses from Starbucks, Google and Amazon were were grilled by MPs over how they manage to pay little or no corporation tax on their UK operations.

All three repeatedly denied the accusation they were engaged in aggressive tax avoidance and were met with derision from members of the Public Accounts Select Committee.

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Major firms quizzed over tax

Starbucks, Google and Amazon are bring questioned by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee on the issue of tax avoidance. The multinational firms are accused of paying little or no tax on their UK earnings.