UK Gov't Considers Google Tax?

from the but-why? dept

Calvin was the first of a few folks to send in this story about how some in the UK gov't are discussing a series of different proposals to raise tax revenue to pay for the production of news programs on TV, with one option being creating a search engine tax, directed at Google. It seems that basically everyone admits there's no actual justification for the tax other than "Google is making a lot of money, and we need that money." Of course, it's worth pointing out that it sounds like the discussions are still quite preliminary and there are plenty who don't think it's a very good idea. The same group has also been tossing around suggestions for a broadband tax or a digital download tax that would be used in the same manner. Considering how early on the discussions are, it doesn't seem like much to get worked up about, but it is quite silly that this is even up for discussion in the first place. As people point out in the article, this would be taxing a successful growing company, helping to slow down its growth, to help fund an operation that hasn't been growing. That doesn't seem likely to help the economy very much.

Filed Under: search engines, tax, uk
Companies: google

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    dennis parrott, 4 May 2009 @ 9:41am

    Cut 'em off at the knees...

    If I were Google I would immediately announce that everyone employed by Google UK would be let go effective next week and in the same announcement I would simply say "oh by the way, British IP addresses will no longer be able to access or any of its worldwide assets from that day forward".

    And then I'd see what the morons in Parliament would have to say about that.

    Search engines are a requirement for civilized Internet "living". Want to have some stupid transfer the wealth to your pals who fund your campaigns scheme? Well, lets see how well your people like having their access to search engines cut off?

    Politicians all over world act like they are entitled to somebody's cash because they exist! Total rubbish. Government needs to learn about real budgeting and "impulse control" just like the rest of us.

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