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GSK statement on BBC Panorama broadcast: 'the truth about tax'
GlaxoSmithKlineGSK issued the following statement in response to the BBC Panorama programme related to Corporation Tax payments in the UK and Luxembourg broadcast tonight, Monday 14 May 2012. "GSK is very disappointed with this programme which was extremely misleading and lacking in context. Specifically, the programme's selective use of facts led to a misrepresentation of GSK's actions and a failure to recognize GSK's significant UK tax contribution.

GSK strongly refutes any allegation of wrongdoing. At all times the company proactively disclosed its tax transactions to the relevant authorities and both the UK and Luxembourg tax authorities are agreed that GSK paid all the taxes due.

GSK is a global company with 95% of its sales outside the UK however 20% of the company's tax bill is in the UK. In total, over the period covered in the broadcast, GSK paid around £1billion in UK corporation and business taxes, plus an additional £1.3bn through income taxes of its UK employees.

The difference between UK and EU laws in this area has always created uncertainty for global organisations like GSK. GSK supports the new Controlled Foreign Company tax rules developed by the UK government related to the taxation of overseas earnings which will provide greater certainty despite the fact that they will increase the company’s UK tax bill."

GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.