U.S. tech giants enjoy U.K. "tax bonanza"

|By:, SA News Editor

Seven major U.S. technology companies paid just £54M in U.K. corporate tax in 2012 - the last year for which figures are available - despite raking in combined sales of $15B (£9.13B), the FT reports.

The tax paid by Microsoft (MSFT), eBay (EBAY), Yahoo (YHOO), Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) fell, while that of Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) rose.

The report comes amid efforts in the U.K. and elsewhere to stop multinational corporations from exploiting what one British legislator described as a "tax bonanza" by using low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland, Switzerland and Luxembourg to keep their payments at minimal levels.