Tax fraud? Or just give and take

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I look at what I get out of Google for free,” says Dr Eric Cramp­ton, head of re­search at the New Zealand In­sti­tute, ar­gu­ing that the global tech gi­ants aren't rip­ping us off when

they don't pay lo­cal tax. I’ve got my phone, I push a but­ton and, for free, it will give me voice di­rec­tions to walk any place in Welling­ton that I didn’t know how to get to be­fore. Or I can put my phone

up to my par­al­lel im­ported car’s screen dis­play, push a but­ton and Google trans­lates the stuff I don't un­der­stand into English for me, so I can fig­ure out how to make my car work. And I haven’t had to pay Google a dime for that. It’s like Star Trek stuff in your hand and it’s free, and still peo­ple are whin­ing.” Cramp­ton was re­spond­ing to Spark CEO Si­mon Mout­ter, who ar­gued ev­ery tax dol­lar a multi-na­tional avoids pay­ing here has to be

made up by NZ in­di­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies.

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