We are staying put, say pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca has informed the government it is not relocating outside the UK,
after press reports claimed it would not rule a move out.

The news emerged as speculation continued on which companies might move
headquarters abroad because of the government’s approach to corporate tax. Shire
has announced it will become tax resident in Ireland, as has United Business

The main point of conflict is the government’s policy on taxing dividends on
foreign profits and its clampdown on ‘passive income’ which companies believe
will mean huge volumes of extra tax on income earned on intellectual property.
Other companies threatening to go abroad include WPP.

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