.@AmazonUK: Pay corporation tax in the UK
  • Petitioning Amazon

This petition will be delivered to:

Amazon

.@AmazonUK: Pay corporation tax in the UK

    1. Frances and Keith Smith
    2. Petition by

      Frances and Keith Smith

      Coventry, United Kingdom

Stop Amazon’s tax dodge now.

We pay our taxes and so should Amazon!

We run the Kenilworth and Warwick bookshops,  independent shops which have been a proud part of our local high streets for many years. We are proud of the personal service we provide to all those who visit our store.

But times are tough and getting tougher.

We face unrelenting pressure from huge online retailers undercutting prices, in particular Amazon and it's pushing businesses like ours to the brink.

But what’s even worse is that Amazon, despite making sales of £3.3 BILLION in the UK last year, does not pay any UK corporation tax on the profits from those sales. In my book, that is not a level playing field and leaves independent retailers like us struggling to compete just because we do the right thing.

All Amazon UK book and toy sales are routed through its Luxembourg subsidiary. So when the British public buy goods from Amazon, they are in fact paying a Luxembourg company. This means Amazon can avoid paying British corporation tax on the profits it makes. Experts say if Amazon's total UK sales profits were not funnelled to Luxembourg, it could be paying as much as £100m a year in British corporation tax.

As Independent booksellers, we are happy with competition in the market but it must be on level terms and by dodging corporation tax in this way, Amazon start with an unfair advantage.

As they grow bigger it’s inevitable that shops like ours will be under even more pressure. That’s bad for customers, bad for the high street and bad for the UK.

Amazon may be obeying the letter of the law - but they’re certainly not being fair. Last year Starbucks announced that they had caved to public pressure and would look at their tax affairs in the UK. It’s time that Amazon did the same.

We pay our taxes and so should they -- please take a stand with us and tell Amazon to pay their fair share. 

Until they do, please consider purchasing from local, independent shops instead.

 

Sources:

PAC report December 2012:  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmpubacc/716/71605.htm 

BBC Nov 2012: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20288077

Guardian April 2012: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/04/amazon-british-operation-corporation-tax

To:
Amazon
I am calling on Amazon to pay their fair share of tax in the UK.

The unfair advantage that your tax dodge gives you is endangering many UK high street businesses.

Please do the right thing.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 150,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @stephenfry

    Apr 23, 2013

    #AmazonUK may be useful but should they be getting away with funnelling their money through Luxembourg? https://t.co/d5SapAdVNS

    Stephen Fry
    5.72M followers

    @therhonacameron

    Dec 20, 2012

    .@AmazonUK: Pay corporation tax in the UK http://t.co/anIpNk9L via @change

    Rhona Cameron
    1.5k followers

    @monstroso

    Dec 20, 2012

    for anyone who loves books/bookshops https://t.co/Uu8g4Urd

    charlie higson
    72.4k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Dan Chandler HUDDERSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      Local book shops die because of Amazon's shameless exploitation of the tax system

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Laura Fox EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      How are we supposed to pay for basic public services without the peolle at the top paying their fair share?

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Robert Fairburn HUDDERSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 days ago

      Everyone should pay their taxes

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Alan Roughley OLDHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 days ago

      Retailing is highly concentrated in this country, reducing choice and stifling competition. Their power in grinding down their suppliers, preventing new competitors coming up - often by buying them out and not paying our corporate taxes is the final insult to this country.

      High time we behaved like the Swiss and prevent foreign companies getting a stranglehold.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Mairi Tulbure STRATHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 days ago

      They price everyone else out of the market and don't pay their dues

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.