The Register reports that IT reseller Computacenter has brokered an Enterprise Agreement (EA) between Microsoft and HMRC valued at roughly £10M. The agreement entitles HMRC to volume discounts on Redmond gear, upgrades and more over the next three years.
It is understood Computacenter will take a small cut for hooking up the two organisations; HMRC's last EA with Microsoft expired in 2008.
Ironically Microsoft were recently featured in the Sunday Times in an article on tax avoidance (which Cameron claims is morally repugnant):
"Microsoft is channelling online payments for sales of its new Windows 8 operating system to Luxembourg as part of a scheme that avoids UK corporation tax on more than £1.7bn a year of revenue.How ironic!
The Sunday Times has established that a small office in a Luxembourg business park with just six staff handles hundreds of millions of pounds from online Microsoft sales in the UK and the rest of Europe.
The bulk of the money is transferred to Microsoft’s European headquarters in Ireland. Profits can then be routed to Bermuda without UK corporation tax being paid."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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