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UK: Corporate tax haven or hell?


The UK is at the centre of a global debate on tax avoidance and the government is being pressed from all sides to make changes to the tax system. One significant change has been the announcement, in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, that the corporate tax rate will fall to 21% instead of 22% by 2015. But, amid complaints that multinationals are not paying enough tax in the UK, is this the right way for the government to go? Or is the UK becoming a tax haven for multinationals? Sophie Ashley talks to international tax practitioners about how the UK is shaping up and whether the government needs to change the law, rather than introduce different incentives, when it comes to multinationals’ operations.

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