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Wednesday newspaper round-up: Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Grant Thornton

(Sharecast News) - Revenue officials are not paying enough attention to a new tax on big tech firms' earnings in the UK and are therefore failing to scrutinise potential avoidance, parliament's spending watchdog has warned. While the digital services tax brought in a surprise bumper income in its first year, MPs on the cross-party public accounts committee says this suggests HM Revenue and Customs officials had failed to properly understand its impact. - Guardian Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $8.9bn to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging that talc in its iconic Baby Powder and other products caused cancer, the company said. The amount dwarfs J&J's original offer of $2bn. The agreement follows a January appeals court ruling invalidating J&J's controversial "Texas two-step" bankruptcy maneuver, in which it sought to offload the talc liability on to a subsidiary that immediately filed for Chapter 11. - Guardian

A Bank of England policymaker has insisted that its Covid money-printing spree is not to blame for double-digit inflation amid the steepest price rises in 41 years. Silvana Tenreyro said that an £895bn bond-buying programme designed to prop up the economy during lockdown had been wholly misunderstood. - Telegraph

Microsoft has stressed its commitment to Britain after reportedly shelving plans to establish a new office in London, months after announcing proposals to lay off 10,000 staff across the world. The American technology group had been searching for a location in the capital to replace its current office leases in Reading, which are set to expire in 2026, according to the property website React News, which said it had abandoned this plan. - The Times

Partners at Grant Thornton took a pay cut last year, as Britain's sixth largest accountancy firm chose to spend more money on other pay rises, promotions and hiring a record number of school-leavers. Revenue rose by 12 per cent to £610 million in 2022 from £543 million the year before, although that compared with growth of 15 per cent during an "exceptional" 2021. - The Times

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(Sharecast News) - Britons must accept that their country was now involved in the Middle East conflict, Tobias Ellwood said. The former defence minister warned that "nobody was in full control" of the growing conflict as more and more countries were sucked in. Ellwood also said that Tehran's strike had taken the conflict into a "new dangerous territory". - Sunday Telegraph
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(Sharecast News) - New post-Brexit UK border controls coming into force later this month will cost British businesses £2bn and fuel higher inflation, according to a report warning that UK-EU trade will be damaged as a result. With less than a month before the introduction of new checks on animal and plant products from 30 April, the insurer Allianz Trade said the controls agreed under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could add 10% to import costs over the first year. - Guardian
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(Sharecast News) - The government is investing more than £55m in expanding facial recognition systems - including vans that will scan crowded high streets - as part of a renewed crackdown on shoplifting. The scheme was announced alongside plans for tougher punishments for serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, including being forced to wear a tag to ensure they do not revisit the scene of their crime, under a new standalone criminal offence of assaulting a retail worker. - Guardian

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