reply to post by SearchLightsInc
They've obviously been looking at the books and seen that the UK population has been successfully boycotting them, enough to make it worthwhile for
them to actually start to fix their image problem.
It was pretty astounding from a Public Relations perspective (something I am very interested in) because they really didn't do anything in the UK to
fight the attack on their image. They just pretty much remained silent on the whole issue.
The problem with corporations voluntarily paying their tax comes down to the power they have and the ability they have for tying up our HMRC in legal
HMRC could demand that a corporation pay taxes, but the corporation owing £1 bil can then afford to spend £10 mil in court to fight it. They're in
a win-win situation here. They either pay what they owe after a couple of years of fighting it, or they get HMRC to the table for a deal to pay less,
or HMRC just doesn't bother with the costs of trying to get them to pay up.
You or I don't have a choice, we can't afford to fight a tax bill, and even if we did we have no loopholes to use.
This is why there are believed to be so many corporations in the UK who make special deals with HMRC to pay a fraction of what they actually owe,
because our government cannot afford to take them all to court and spend billions forcing them to pay up.
But, the missing puzzle piece in this is public opinion and pressure. These corporations only have a market here thanks to us. If we are not happy
with them not paying tax it's up to us to boycott them and force them to pay. It's no good sitting back and complaining that our government isn't
going after them or that they're using loopholes while we continue to give them our money.
People need to realize the power they have to change things. If a bank threatens to leave the UK if they're made to pay their taxes or fix the damage
they have done, threaten them and tell them that if they do leave they'll have no market share in this country. If a corporation declines to pay what
they owe, boycott them and tell them they are not welcome. If a corporation like Google is supporting the mass monitoring of free people, stop using
them, go to another!
It's angered me for years that people are so weak with their morality and ethics. I have boycotted Starbucks, Nestle, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Amazon
and several others for their practices in tax avoidance and their behavior around the world, it's not hard to do, and it makes a big impact when
enough people actually bother to have a spine.