Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has told the BBC’s Mark Lobel that he supported plans for taxing international companies on their profits in the UK at a rate which surpasses corporation tax. Commenting on comedian Russell Brand, who has also criticised the tax avoidance practice, Wales noted that the comedian knew he was “a ridiculous character… but he wouldn’t be resonating with people if there wasn’t something to it”.
Strictly speaking, it is not really a Google tax. It is a tax on foreign multinationals using complicated schemes to minimise their UK tax liability. Google’s power is based on its dominance of the general web search market. It served up 89pc of UK searches in November, according to StatCounter, and in some EU states is even more dominant.