Google execs defend tax deal to UK legislators – PCWorld

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Google executives defended the company’s recent U.K. tax settlement before a hostile parliamentary committee on Thursday.

Last month, Google announced that it had agreed what some have described as a “sweetheart” deal with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [HMRC], the U.K.’s tax authority, following an audit of its tax affairs dating back to 2005.

The deal went down badly with Britons in the process of filing their taxes, and prompted Meg Hillier, chairwoman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, to summon Google and HMRC to London to explain the deal to members of Parliament.

Despite having called the company representatives to present evidence on Thursday, committee members seemed on occasion unwilling to hear them out.

Matt Brittin, Google’s president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, was interrupted before he could begin an explanation of how the U.K. subsidiary functioned.

“Mr. Brittin, I know the way you operate,” Hillier said.

Attempting to raise doubts about Hillier’s knowledge of the company, he only got as far as, “I’m not sure,” before she interrupted him again.

On other points, though, it was Brittin who was reluctant to answer.

Google execs defend tax deal to UK legislators – PCWorld