Facebook has reported that the company paid £4.15m in tax for its 2015 financial year in the UK.
This contrasts starkly with the paltry £4,327 paid in 2014 that led to outrage and accusations that the company avoided its duty to pay sufficient tax in the UK.
However, despite the incresae in the tax bill Facebook was awarded a tax credit of £11.3m that it can use to offset future bills from HM Revenue & Customs.
Alex Cobham, director of research at the Tax Justice Network, said the deal meant Facebook was still not paying enough: "In practice, Facebook UK appears to have paid nothing in corporate tax to the UK public purse. Less, even, than the £4,327 in 2014."
The £4.15m sum was revealed in a Companies House filing which also showed that Facebook's UK turnover doubled from £104m to £210m but that losses widened from £28m to £41m as the cost of business expansion rose.
This will have included the fact that Facebook’s UK headcount increased to 854 as the firm continued to expand in several areas, chiefly around engineering.
The filing also confirmed that the company changed the way it operates on 1 April this year to book large advertising deals with UK companies in England rather than Ireland.
This should also increase the amount of tax it pays in the future.
Facebook said in a statement given to the BBC that the company is proud of its ongoing investment in the UK and that it continues to generate jobs for the market.
"We are proud that in 2015 we have continued to grow our business in the UK and created over 300 new high-skilled jobs. We pay all the taxes that we are required to under UK law," the firm said.
The tax activities of major tech companies have been under scrutiny for some time after many were found to be using creative, yet legal, ways to limit the tax they pay.
However, the European Commission recently ordered Apple to pay the Irish government a whopping €13bn in back taxes after claiming that the relief given to the firm by the government amounted to state aid.
Apple has promised, unsurprisingly, to fight this and criticised the EC for effectively changing the law.
"Beyond the obvious targeting of Apple, the most profound and harmful effect of this ruling will be on investment and job creation in Europe," said CEO Tim Cook.
"Using the EC’s theory, every company in Ireland and across Europe is suddenly at risk of being subjected to taxes under laws that never existed."
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