Protesters were outside Starbucks coffee shop on Haymarket in Norwich this morning in reaction to reports that the chain have not paid tax in the UK since 2009.

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Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts held a banner outside the shop demanding the coffee chain to “pay your taxes” after a Reuters investigation revealed the retailer has paid £8.6m in corporation tax since it opened in the UK in 1998 and has not paid any since 2009.

Ed Bober from Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts said: “It is a scandal that international companies can avoid fair taxation because the government’s slack rules allow them to get away with it.”

He added: “Local small businesses face unfair competition from these international giants which have enough cash to open countless shops but somehow manage not to declare taxable profits.”

Trevor Phillips, 60, from the Earlham Road area and a member of the peaceful protest group, said: “In Norfolk at the moment public services are being cut as well as support for the elderly and disabled, and at the same time big international companies are paying little or no tax needed to go in to the economy.”

And Claire Stephenson, 38, leader of the Green Party on Norwich City Council said the company is “making all the money, but not paying their dues”.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

7 comments

  • Feeling pretty smug that I've never been into one of these thingy coffee efforts, big up to the cuppa from the market...and the chips!!!

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    nrg

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Starbucks pay exactly the amount of tax required of them , do you pay more tax than is asked of you?

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    Tudor Bushe

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Except that Starbucks ARE making loads of money, they're just not paying any tax on it. So it looks as though the uninformed claptrap is coming from NH (as usual)

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    Ian S

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • So where is the letter from the great & good of Norwich churches telling these people that they're not welcome? Perhaps we should drive all businesses away with the simple expedient of punitive taxes.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Turnover is no indication of the viability of any business - ask the folks at Pan Am or Lehman Brothers or Amtrak or Kwik Save or M G Rover or Swissair or Railtrack .....................

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    Tudor Bushe

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Seldom have I read such uninformed claptrap.These people have absolutely no idea how much it costs to operate as a business in the UK. Crippling business rates , employers NIC , maternity leave , unending Health & Safety regulations , cost of recruitment , even higher cost of trying to get rid of someone , huge Insurance costs .... the list is endless. Try running your own business here , it's a real eye opener.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Yes it does appear that Starbucks are struggling to run their business in this country, they have only managed a turnover of £3bn. All that regulation really is a hindrance to business, even though their business depends upon having healthy, well educated people who earn enough money to spend something like £3 on a cup of coffee, why should they be asked to make a contribution to sustain a healthy society? It takes a certain type of character to be successful in business, usually someone who is self centred, greedy and lacks empathy. That is why we have so very few leaders of any worth, the system doesn't work for those people with sound moral principles.

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    Mh

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

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