HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is set to open an investigation into Badoo, to look at its corporate tax payments from 2013 to 2016.
Executives at Badoo Trading Limited claimed that they were expecting an investigation. They also admitted that the examination will probably result in their tax affairs being adjusted.
Badoo’s accounts revealed that it owed £52,000 in tax in 2016, and paid auditors a total of £340,000 between 2016 and 2017.
Several technology companies have faced investigations from HMRC in the last few years.
Graham Poole, director of tax at Hogan Lovells, explained to the Telegraph: “HMRC has been ramping up its efforts in diverted profits tax and transfer pricing. It has made it quite clear there will be a renewed focus – going forward.”
World Vision, Badoo’s parent company, is based in Bermuda, a well-known ‘tax haven’.
In May 2018, Badoo CEO Andrey Andreev was ranked as the 14th wealthiest technology entrepreneurs in the UK, with a net worth of £700 million. However, his fortune is now believed to be closer to £1 billion.
Andreev is known for throwing extravagant parties, and recently spent £140,000 on a party for Russian expats who were living in London.
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