.@AmazonUK: Pay corporation tax in the UK
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.@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 £2.9 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.

To:
Amazon
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]

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    • Dominic Loe MARS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      Because Amazon should not avoid tax because that is unfair, if they do then it encourages all businesses to do it and the problems grows worse and worse

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    • Edward Blades DUNFERMLINE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Amazon is responsible for thousands of businesses closing. Make it a level playing field, and let's have Amazon contributing to the country from which it takes so much.

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    • gleyses lydia FRANCE
      • about 1 year ago

      first, for justice.

      2°/ I want to continue to read and to sell good books ! Which means we need real bookshops

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    • Kim L CHESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I no longer buy anything from Amazon because of this, and I know I am not the only one. It probably isn't enough to put a dent in their profits yet, but if Amazon can not do the right thing, then the people of the UK really do need to make the decision for them. It's about time people stood up for what they really believed in, and talked with their feet.

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    • Krys Glover ST HELENS, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 year ago

      i love books and love browsing in bookshops,if amazon isnt paying uk taxes then its no wonder small independants cant compete.so ive signed.

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