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UK queries retail giants on taxes

Bitter hearing targets Starbucks, Google, Amazon

LONDON — British lawmakers accused major multinational companies of aggressive tax avoidance Monday, amid calls by the UK government for a global crackdown on firms that seek to evade taxes.

In sometimes bitter exchanges at a three-hour parliamentary committee hearing, legislators questioned Starbucks, Google, and Amazon about the amount they pay to the UK government in taxation.

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