Government is allowing one rule for biggest companies and another for ordinary taxpayers
News that Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes for the last ten years has been slammed as a "sweetheart deal" by the Liberal Democrat Treasurer Spokesman Susan Kramer.
Responding to the Google tax settlement Susan Kramer said:
"This settlement shows once again that the Government is allowing one rule for the biggest companies and another for ordinary taxpayers.
"Last year HMRC didn't even bother to answer the phone to taxpayers up to 55% of the time, yet they are more than willing to spend years negotiate sweetheart deals with giant multinationals.
"Any ordinary small business owner who failed to pay their taxes for 11 years wouldn't be getting a cosy chat with HMRC Officials, they'd be getting a knock on the door from the bailiffs. We need HMRC to begin prosecuting the largest companies as strongly as they do any other business operating in the UK."