Asked about the criticism of Starbucks, the PMS said the issue was how we tackle tax avoidance and HMT had been setting out what the government intended to do. The PMS said that the government needed to make sure it was tackling aggressive tax avoidance and it was doing this in a number of ways, including bringing in a general anti-avoidance rule. He said the government was also working with other countries to try to reduce the amount of tax avoidance.
Asked about Douglas Alexander’s personal decision to boycott Starbucks, the PMS said that was a decision for individuals. He reiterated that the government did not talk about individual taxpayers. The PMS said we thought that all companies should make a fair contribution to taxes and those views seemed to be shared by the general public and consumers.
Asked whether the government would support publication of names of companies who are paying their taxes, the PMS said taxpayer confidentiality was an important part of our system and we wouldn’t want to do anything to undermine that.
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