WAKE THE F------------------------AND SMELL THE SBUX STINK
Starbucks has paid £5m corporation tax this year with a further £5m to come. It says it will pay another £10m in 2014. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA
Starbucks, one of the companies exhorted by the prime minister to "wake up and smell the coffee" over tax, has handed over £5m to HM Revenue and Customs – its first payment in five years.
But the cash has only gone some way towards assuaging critics, one of whom complained that companies should not be able to "pick and choose" how much tax they wanted to pay.
The coffee shop chain said on Sunday it had made the contribution to please its customers and would be paying a second £5m instalment in the last half of the year despite claiming the business overall continued to make a financial loss in Britain.
"Six months ago, we felt that our customers should not have to wait for us to become profitable before we started paying UK corporation tax," the company explained in a written statement.
"We listened to our customers in December and so decided to forgo certain deductions which would make us liable to pay £10m in corporation tax this year and a further £10m in 2014. We have now paid £5m and will pay the remaining £5m later this year," Starbucks
sbux really does care, losing money in britain and still deciding to pay taxes. any other company would not pay taxes, you know since the taxes would be on profits. thanks for pointing out how great starbucks is, most people would have missed that