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Protesters will target Cheltenham's Starbucks on Saturday

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

Starbucks in Cheltenham

Starbucks in Cheltenham

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Protesters will be outside Cheltenham's Starbucks on Saturday to highlight the lack of tax the company has paid.

The coffee chain has come under fire for paying no UK corporation tax in the last three years, despite sales of £1.2 billion.

The protest at the Promenade branch is being organised by UK Uncut from 11am to 2pm.

Although legal the tax avoidance has been criticised as immoral while the country is going through recession and public services are under threat.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  December 09 2012, 10:43AM

    and what about that smarmy david coultard, does he pay uk tax? he lives in monaco, don't he? ALL people who get paid by the bbc should be on direct tax payments.

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  • Takeaway22  |  December 09 2012, 9:06AM

    DG9999 - All reports have stated that Starbucks have decided to pay £20M tax over the next two years (corporation tax to be more exact). Which part of Starbucks internal budgets accounts is irrelevant to the tax man. As for commitment to carry on making contributions - time will tell. Its almost pointless (and possibly foolish) to try to predict what a company will be truthful or untruthful about. When you added "What they are giving is a voluntary contribution out of their marketing budget- to shut protesters up." I did actually already state this but with my error, I will make it clearer to the less educated - Is that how the UK tax works (sic)? - I hope that is clearer.

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  December 09 2012, 12:57AM

    This isn't Starbuck's fault, but rather the government's - would anyone of us choose to pay more tax than we're obligated to pay?!

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  • DG9999  |  December 08 2012, 4:56PM

    Takeaway22-So Starbucks has decided to pay £20M tax over the next two years. ---------------Except they have not. What they are giving is a voluntary contribution out of their marketing budget- to shut protesters up. This is rather like putting a couple of quid in a charity collection tin for famine relief or similar-it does not commit you to signing up to a contribution by regular monthly or annual direct debit. As for relying on the government to stop tax reduction/evasion-just remember the Prime Minister's own father made his fortune from brokering Channel Island tax reduction schemes and draw your own conclusions.

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  • Dave_t10  |  December 08 2012, 12:13AM

    and I wonder how many of the the unwashed present will be working and paying taxes? ....less than half I bet!

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 07 2012, 6:21PM

    have to agree with system64 - it is for the government and tax authorities to lay down clear legislation on taxation and enforce their just dues - Multinationals have been in existence for over a century, U.K firms also conduct business at many overseas locations. I bet they also look up and use all angles within the tax legislation in the different countries they operate to minimise tax. U.K law is adversarial - each side safeguarding its interests and the tax authorities need to be one step ahead of the dodges lawyers and accountants dream up. You don't pay tax because it is moral, feel good about it, or feel sorry for the government pay a little more to the tax-man just because the government is hard up and that it is moral duty to make up government deficit. Doubt if the tax man will let me off paying this year's assessment just because my cat is sick and I need the money to pay the Vet's bills.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 07 2012, 6:09PM

    AndyPrestbury - not sure if your high street cafe can compete with an international operator given the snob value many place on brands. Starbucks and many others make their pile on brand recognition - much as MacDonalds but Mac Coffee is less than half the price and much better. Ultimately people will wear off paying over the odds for brand name - times are getting hard and firms such as Costa or Starbucks that appear to have invaded the motorway service station, etc, will go over the wall. No tears for them then. Mac has a better chance at survival.

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  • AndyPrestbury  |  December 07 2012, 12:46PM

    Protesting outside the stores can work, and by Starbucks' response of offering to pay corporation tax is has worked. Starbucks do not operate franchises (I think they were supposed to be introducing them at the end of 2012), so the only company being affected is Starbucks. Yes they do employ a lot of people, but paying corporation tax is only on profits, so isn't a tax on jobs. Plus because of clever tax engineering they can stifle competition who are just as capable of employing people. Also did you know that the head of Starbucks Europe, where the royalties are paid to to offset tax liabilities, works out of offices in London?

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 07 2012, 10:34AM

    Anyone paying over £2 for a cup of coffee needs to get his/her head examined.

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  • Takeaway22  |  December 06 2012, 7:09PM

    So Starbucks has decided to pay £20M tax over the next two years. Is that how the UK tax works? Looks like Starbucks have embarrassed the government without too much effort....again.

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