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Readers And Writers Throw The Book At Amazon Over Taxes

Posted at 8:27AM Thursday 15 May 2014

Amazon pays £4.2m tax on sales worth £4.3bn (Amazon boycott urged, 10 May). "An outrage," says Margaret Hodge, "we should shop elsewhere." Of course it is outrageous. Equally outrageous is the government's failure to legislate to ensure Amazon and its like pay their fair share of UK taxes. Calling for a shoppers' boycott is trite and ineffective. Consumers will buy where they find best value. Ms Hodge should call for the chancellor to end this form of tax avoidance. Amazon's subsequent tax contributions should then be truly amazonian. Shoppers simply shop. Parliament legislates. The public accounts committee monitors and advises parliament, not consumers. Ms Hodge should demand that legislation.

Jeff Hanna - London

Guardian




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