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A Taxing Dilemma

40 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 26 October 2010

While the government axes public spending to try to cut the deficit, Michael Robinson investigates loopholes which let big businesses slash their UK tax bills.
This month George Osborne said he plans to make Britain the most attractive corporate tax regime in the G20. But some companies have already moved abroad for tax reasons. And for others able to operate on a global scale, there are many ways for them to reduce their tax liability. So how does the Government square the tax circle?
Producer: Gail Champion.

  • Switzerland's tempting tax regimes attract UK firms

    Switzerland's tempting tax regimes attract UK firms

    The picturesque Swiss village of Pfaffikon is becoming an "incubator" for some of Britain's biggest hedge funds. Low taxes in this and other Swiss regions are also proving popular with other types of business, including the parent company of British high street favourite, Boots.

    Read Gail Champion's feature on the BBC news website.


    Read the transcript of Michael Robinson's report into how some firms are slashing their UK tax bills while the government axes spending to try to balance the books.

    Read the transcript


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