- by theguardian
- 04 Dec 2022
Uber is handing Â£615m to UK tax authorities to settle an investigation into unpaid VAT, as it reported better than expected results, sending its shares higher.
The San Francisco-based ride hire and food delivery company said it achieved a UK tax settlement on Monday to resolve all outstanding VAT claims and would pay Â£615m to HM Revenue and Customs during the fourth quarter.
Uber had previously argued it was exempt from paying VAT because its drivers were classified as self-employed. Following landmark court rulings that its drivers were workers with rights, it started adding 20% VAT in March.
The news came as Uber reported a 26% rise in gross bookings year on year, to $29bn (Â£25.4bn) in the quarter from July to September. Revenues beat forecasts with a 72% leap to $8.3bn after Covid lockdowns eased, leading to booming travel.
The Uber share price jumped nearly 16% to $30.80 when Wall Street opened, valuing the company at $61bn.
The mobility division grew faster than the food delivery arm. Trips during the quarter grew 19% year on year to 1.95bn, or about 21m trips a day on average.
Uber made a net loss of $1.2bn, mainly because of revaluations of its equity investments in other ride-hailing companies. But profits increased to $516m from $508m on an adjusted Ebitda basis (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation).
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