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This site has been developed by Simon Godley, who also runs the niche tax recruitment company Talentpool Selection . Simon spends a lot of his time placing tax specialists into FTSE companies, large in-bound groups and some professional services organisations. He also recruits and is well networked around the UK tax technology and VAT markets.

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FTSE 100 Shire relocates to Ireland for tax purposes

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Source: AccountancyAge.com

The Confederation of British Industry has raised concerns about the UK's anti-competitive tax regime after Shire announced it would relocate to Ireland where tax rules are more favourable for business.

Richard Lambert, CBI Director-General, said: 'We are particularly worried that an uncompetitive corporate tax system is spoiling the UK's attractiveness as a place to do business, and that other internationally-mobile firms will follow Shire's path.'

FTSE 100-listed Shire, the third-largest pharmaceutical firm in the UK, is set to pay significantly less tax by becoming a tax resident in Ireland.

The company re-assured market concerns over the change of residency, saying the change would not affect Shire's UK operations or workforce. But this will mean a loss of income for the Treasury, the Telegraph reported.

A company statement said: 'Shire has concluded that its business and its shareholders would be better served by having an international holding company with a group structure that is designed to help protect the group's taxation position, and better facilitate the group's financial management.'

SG comment: I can't think of any other FTSE listed group to announce this sort of change of residency for tax purposes, it will be interesting to see if any other UK groups follow suit.

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