Tax is "not a church plate going around" says Danny Alexander

Chief secretary to the Treasury addresses firms.

Danny Alexander. Photograph: Getty Images

Tax is "not a voluntary choice", Danny Alexander has told firms, speaking after Starbucks said it would pay more tax.

The chief secretary to the Treasury said on the Andrew Marr show that the goverment would continue to tackle tax avoidance. Here's the BBC report:

"Taxation for big companies, or for anyone in society, can't be, and mustn't be, a voluntary arrangement," said Mr Alexander.

"Thinking of the tax system as if it is like the church plate going around on a Sunday morning is completely the wrong way to think about it."

He added: "Paying tax is not a voluntary choice, it is not something you can just chose to do willy nilly because you think it will please your customers, it is an obligation."