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Google boss admits he doesn’t know his own salary…during tax inquest

Some of us might not know our salaries down to the decimal, but this Google exec’s memory seems to be fuzzier than most.

A senior Google chief has admitted to having no idea what his own salary is.

Matt Brittin, who heads up Google’s European operations, told MPs that he was unable to disclose his wage because he didn’t actually know it.

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The Google boss was appearing before the public accounts committee in the House of Commons amid allegations that the company pays a paltry 3% tax rate.

Brittin was pressed over his salary, to which he replied: “If that’s relevant, I’ll happily disclose that to the committee.”

However, committee chair Meg Hillier continued the probe, until the Google Europe president eventually admitted ignorance.

“You don’t know what you get paid, Mr Brittin?” said Hillier, adding: “Out there, our constituents are very angry. They live in a different world clearly to the world you live in, if you can’t even tell us what you are paid.”

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Google is currently under fire after the company agreed to pay £130 million in back taxes owed to the UK.

Critics say the sum is not enough, but UK chancellor George Osborne claims the settlement deal is a victory.

“It seems a bit of a PR disaster if you didn’t have the nous to realise in the same week that taxpayers were filing their tax returns, and sweating over a little bit of bank interest and getting it in on time, and you announce this as a good deal,” added Hillier.

Do you think Brittin really didn’t know his own salary? Let us know in the comments.

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