I am aware I am late in writing about this, but I decided I had post something just to state how shocked I am over it all.
I couldn’t believe that Starbucks hadn’t been paying corporation tax in the UK for the last 3 years!
Claiming they have actually been making loses?!
Why are they still trading then? If they are making loses then their business planning or projections must be far from correct? This alone annoys me! I had my own experience with trying to perfect these very things to please the powers that be, so I could prove I was able to begin my own business venture. I had to meet their business requirements 100% and no stone could be left unturned, including paying tax from day one of trading!
It seems it is OK for some companies to make a mess of their finances, just because they are global conglomerates with power, yet the small fish in the pond can’t put a step out of place if they want to even begin trading.
How is it fair to let these big companies slide off the radar, including for paying tax; yet, smaller new companies are constantly put through the mill?!
The UK , well I feel, hardly support small ventures enough, but that is another story.
So, tax evasion??? I am not a tax expert, but how can any company with such a huge portfolio, and presence be allowed to dodge contributing to the pot they make their profit from?? Oh, they made loses, of course! I really wish I could say I’m not paying my tax too as I have made loses. Yet, if I paid one pound less than I was supposed to there would be trouble. Not to mention, I don’t have the choice, tax returns and even tax deductions from salaries are scrutinised. Hell, I have been unlucky enough to pay too much tax; I have never paid too little, EVER, chance would be a fine thing!
It seems us small fish can’t get away with anything! Which poignantly highlights life for the average worker in the UK today!
The big fish can disagree with the rules and dictate that they don’t like something, because they are important as they hold the power and the wealth. Usually they get their own way as they are so revered by Government, or if not, they find a way around the problem; like disappearing to another country on-board their private yachts. Great!
The ordinary workers though just have to put up and shut up. They are too busy concentrating on keeping their little juggling balls in the air for fear of dropping them, and crashing down into oblivion. Yet, without ordinary workers there wouldn’t be any contributions into society, so why aren’t they revered and ‘cut more slack’?
It seems the ordinary workers are the ones resented and bombarded with the most demands upon them, and their money! I wish all the workers would one day decided to also ‘do a runner’ and let us see then what the UK Government would be left with, NOTHING!
As not even the giants in the UK economy; the powerful and wealthy, give a damn enough to pay their dues. So, why then should the ordinary workers have too?! Double standards; it is never what you know, but WHO you know that helps you swim not sink in the UK (regardless of what messes you make or how bad your finances are).
So, I too have decided to Boycott Starbucks. They should be ashamed depriving the UK of much needed tax money. Especially when the very people who prop up their business, their customers, are paying through the nose for everything! Including tax on the coffee they drink at Stabucks establishments! SHAME ON YOU Starbucks!
Take a look at the BBC Report:
The Starbucks Scandal