Starbucks Expects to Pay ‘Significant’ U.K. Taxes

Exec says company will pay corporation taxes whether or not it’s profitable.

Starbucks Corp. said it will pay “a significant amount” of corporation tax in the U.K. in 2013 and 2014 after the world’s largest coffee-shop operator came under fire by lawmakers for not paying any corporation tax there.

“We are making a commitment that we will propose to pay a significant amount of corporation tax during 2013 and 2014 regardless of whether our company is profitable during these years,” according to the text of a speech to be given today at the London Chamber of Commerce by Kris Engskov, managing director of Starbucks U.K. “We are still working through some of the calculations, but we believe we could pay or prepay” about 10 million pounds ($16.1 million), he said.

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