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Treasury targets Facebook and Google with 'fair' tax system

Chancellor expected to levy tax on digital businesses’ UK revenues rather than profits

The Treasury is threatening digital companies such as Facebook and Google with a new tax, as it pushes for global agreement on a fairer system for ensuring digital businesses pay their way.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is expected to use next month’s spring statement to announce the results of a consultation launched by the Treasury in November, on how to update the tax system to reflect the nature of online businesses.

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