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Exclusive: More Banks Pay No Uk Tax, Labour Wants Tougher Approach

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Two more investment banks have reported paying zero tax in Britain in 2014, prompting the opposition Labour party to urge the government to reverse a tax change it made for banks last year.

Citigroup and Credit Suisse disclosed in the past fortnight that their main UK subsidiaries paid no corporate income tax in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available. This means seven of the 10 biggest foreign investment and commercial banks operating in Europe's main investment banking center have said their main British arms paid no tax in that year.

In total the 10 banking groups generated over $40 billion in fees in Britain in 2014, reported $6.5 billion in profit and employed almost 50,000 people. But they contributed just $205 million in corporate income tax.

"These are damning findings that make a real mockery of the government’s approach to taxation of the financial sector,” said John McDonnell MP, the opposition Labour party’s shadow finance minister.

We are all in this together and only the poor should pay tax, whilst the rich should leech of tax payer subsidies and be given access to uber cheap credit.

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To me, complaining of the banks making too much money is like complaining about the mafia making too much money. Its not how much profit they make that bothers me, its how they make it.

Ultimately, as they run a Ponzi system, the taxpayer ends up bailing it out anyway, regardless of the initial 'headline' profit. Labour are barking up the wrong tree, as usual. Or perhaps just barking.

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