Popular taxi service Uber’s tax affairs have been referred to HMRC following claims that they are “opting out of the UK tax regime”.
The app’s Dutch operating firm, Uber BV, has been referred to HMRC by London’s taxi and minicab regulator Transport for London (TfL).
The move follows allegations from Labour MP Margaret Hodge that Uber was “opting out of the UK tax regime”.
London mayor and TfL chair Boris Johnson said TfL had no right to stipulate where a company pays tax – Uber BV does not pay tax in the UK.
However, “TfL has raised this issue to the appropriate body, the HMRC, for them to consider,” Mr Johnson stated in writing to Ms Hodge.
“I hope that HMRC will carry out a rigorous and thorough investigation to ensure that Uber is paying an appropriate level of tax in the UK, rather than constructing artificial structures to get out of paying its fair share,” Ms Hodge said in response.
An Uber representative has stressed that they have complied with all applicable tax laws and “pays taxes in all jurisdictions, such as corporate income tax, payroll tax, sales and use tax and VAT”.
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