A UK parliamentary watchdog has asked the tax authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to “fully” investigate the search engine Google over its tax affairs in the country.

On 13 June, the UK Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised Google for only paying $16 million in tax to HMRC on turnover of $18 billion between 2006 and 2011.

The tech giant reduced the figure by basing its European, African and Middle East operations in Ireland, where the tax rate is 12.5%, while in...

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