Trying to force companies to pay their fair share of tax is damaging the economy – according to the boss of Deloitte, which makes millions by helping clients to avoid tax.
David Sproul, the firm’s chief executive, said businesses were discouraged from moving to the UK by MPs’ mixed messages on tax.
He called for politicians to stop ‘playing to the gallery’ on the issue.
The comments follow a series of lively hearings of the Public Accounts Committee, which saw MPs savage companies such as Amazon and Google for aggressively avoiding tax by exploiting legal loopholes.
Mr Sproul, who was paid £2.7million last year, highlighted corporation tax cuts.