The coffee shop chain said on Sunday it had made the contribution to please its customers and would be paying a second £5m instalment in the last half of the year despite claiming the business overall continued to make a financial loss in Britain.
“Six months ago, we felt that our customers should not have to wait for us to become profitable before we started paying UK corporation tax,” the company explained in a written statement.
“We listened to our customers in December and so decided to forgo certain deductions which would make us liable to pay £10m in corporation tax this year and a further £10m in 2014. We have now paid £5m and will pay the remaining £5m later this year,” Starbucks added.
Voluntary taxation. It really makes you wonder.