Shire’s decision to go offshore is certainly exercising a few minds. I’m told by Bill Dodwell of Deloitte that a further ‘two or three’ companies are set to announce similar moves ‘in the next month or two’.
Perhaps the first thing to note is that this is not about UK tax rates. If you look at the company’s annual report (pdf, p.80) for the year ending December 2006, it notes a UK tax credit, rather than charge, of $44m (£22m).
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