This is all the rage at the moment, but there seems to be some fairly important bits missing out of all the discussion. Is what Google was going illegal? If yes, then prosecute, if no then stop whining and consider changing the law. Or have I missed something?
"I do not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death my right to be offended by it."
I attended an industry (taxation) conference where the keynote speaker displayed a quote on screen, the gist of which was that politicians have the power to completely remove avoidance from the UK taxation system, and then challenged the audience to guess which MP had uttered the remark.
The answer was Gordon Brown. Whatever anyone's opinions of him as a politician, let there be no doubt he is a very intelligent man.
The point he was making was this, that whilst the statement is no doubt true, it does not serve the best interests of UK PLC.
Tax could be hugely simplified. However, every country tries to manipulate its tax regime as one of the levers of economic growth. For example, the UK has to offer tax concessions for film makers or, apparently, films won't be made here and top movie talent won't work here.
Apparently the Spanish tax regime is more favourable for footballers, which is why Spurs won't be able to keep Harry Kane when Real Madrid come asking.
In the meantime, we employees on PAYE are sitting ducks for tax.