By George Day • 07 April 2020 • 17:03
Google have been criticised for paying just £44 million in corporation tax in the UK last year, despite paying out £1 billion in salary and bonuses to staff.
THE payment is down on the £66 million paid in 2018, due to profits falling following the hiring of 800 workers.
But the tech giant still made £1.6 billion in sales in the UK and has rewarded its 4,439 staff generously.
The wage bill was up a quarter in the past year according to the accounts, with £441 million worth of shares handed out in bonuses.
Dame Margaret Hodge, who is the former chair of the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises government spending, told MailOnline: “It’s a joke and shows that they are not paying a fair rate.
“It’s less than it was the year before and it’s insulting when other businesses are struggling.
“In the post Covid-19 era world the government really must stamp out this abuse of our tax system.”
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