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Starbucks Confronts No-Tax Revelations: 'We Need To Do More'

By Tom Bergin

LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Coffee chain Starbucks said it was considering changes to its UK tax practices, which allowed it to make billions in revenue while paying little in income taxes, following criticism from lawmakers, tax campaigners and the media.

A Reuters examination of Starbucks accounts published in October showed the company had reported 13 years of losses at its UK unit, even as it told investors the operation was profitable and among the best performing of its overseas markets.

The chain's UK unit paid no corporation tax - a tax on a company's income - in the last three years for which figures are available and has only paid 8.6 million pounds income tax since 1998, despite racking up 3 billion pounds ($4.8 billion) of sales.

The revelations led to calls for a boycott of the store and protests at its branches, and the company's Chief Financial Officer Troy Alstead was called to give evidence to a parliamentary committee.

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"We have listened to feedback from our customers and employees, and understand that to maintain and further build public trust we need to do more," she said.

"As part of this we are looking at our tax approach in the UK. The company has been in discussions with HMRC for some time and is also in talks with The Treasury," she added.

The company, the largest coffee chain in the world, with a market value of $39 billion, said it would release more details later this week. :yamon

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Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/02/starbucks-tax-uk_n_2227613.html?utm_hp_ref=business

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