Lawmaker accuses Google of highly contrived efforts to dodge taxes

GOOGLE ACCUSED: An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes.

TAX AVOIDANCE: In a scathing report, the committee said the company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.

ARGUMENTS REJECTED: The report came after testimony by Google Vice-President Matt Brittin, who tried to persuade members of parliament’s Public Accounts Committee that his company was transparent and fair. Committee chair Margaret Hodge rejected arguments that Google’s advertising sales take place in Ireland and not the U.K. Hodge said the government needs to act to shut down loopholes.