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1/3 Of Uks 700 Biggest Business Not Paying Corp Tax

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Source: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/a...in_page_id=1770

Nearly a third of the UK's 700 biggest businesses paid no corporation tax in the 2005-2006 financial year, an official study has revealed.

A further 30 per cent paid less than £10 million each in tax.

And of the tax paid by these businesses, two-thirds came from just three industries - banking, insurance and oil and gas - while the alcohol, tobacco, car and real estate sectors paid only a few hundred million pounds.

Altogether, these large companies paid £24.4 billion in tax in 2005-2006 - just more than half of all the corporation tax, according to a National Audit Office analysis of 700 companies handled by the large business service of Revenue & Customs.

Just 50 of the companies paid 67 per cent of the tax, while about 220 paid none at all.

Another 210 each paid less than £10 million, according to figures that left financial experts taken aback.

Mr Michael Devereux of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation said: "It is certainly surprising."

The figures have also sparked questions about the strategies used by large public and private companies to reduce their tax bills.

But as corporation tax is only paid on company profits, it is thought that poor performances and low profitability may have been responsible for the low amounts of tax paid.

Some companies have also paid heavily into pension funds - cutting their profit margin - or have had to deal with high financing costs or the availability of tax losses from previous years.

The figures have also sparked concern over whether the Treasury relies too heavily on a minority of industries for its money and the impact this has upon small businesses.

Mr Bill Dodwell, of Deloitte, the professional service firm, said: "That 700 of the largest companies and groups are only paying 54 per cent of corporation tax shows the giant contribution of small companies." One large company which has recently avoided paying corporation tax is J Sainsbury, the supermarket group.

It put £110 million into its pension fund in 2005 - 2006, meaning that instead of paying corporation tax it received a credit of £3 million.

And in 2006 - 2007, it paid £240 million into its pension fund, resulting in a £9 million tax credit.

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Name and shame!

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I'm surprised a few on here haven't proclaimed thier support for these scummy businesses. No names mentioned!

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