Amazon is the UK's number one tax avoider
In May 2015 Amazon announced it will start to pay a fairer rate of tax here in the UK.
In a statement the company said it started to book retail sales through its UK branch from May 1st 2015, ending the practice which saw them route sales through a Luxembourg subsidiary.
This is a huge breakthrough in the fight for tax justice and huge u-turn for a company that said just a year ago that it would be impossible to route sales to UK customers through a British company paying tax to HMRC.
We are urging people to continue with the Amazon boycott for the time being because this announcement, on its own, is no guarantee that the company will play fairly with the tax authorities.
It is not currently obliged to publish income and expenditure for this UK subsidiary, so there is likely to be no way for the public to scrutinse whether profits occuring here look genuine. It could, for example, use transfer pricing or intellectual property arrangments to reduce UK profits to zero if it wanted.
We call on Amazon to undertake to publish full country-by-country financial reporting (to standards recommended by the OECD) in order for the general public to regain trust that its financial arrangments are not structured to continue avoiding paying its fair share of tax. This should be the point for the boycott to be called off.
It is fair to say that this is a battle well won, but the war is far from over.
Taxes fund our schools, hospitals and public services, but Amazon aren't paying their fair share.
Amazon's UK subsidiary (which also includes brands Lovefilm.com, Kindle, Audible.com) paid £3.2m in corporate taxes in 2012 on sales of £4.3bn - a rate of less than 0.1%.
We need to use our consumer power to make Amazon pay a fair rate of tax.
Our exclusive interview with Margaret Hodge MP. Recorded January 2015.
MPs support call for shoppers to boycott Amazon
MPs Natascha Engel, Meg Hillier, Margaret Hodge, John McDonnell, Michael Meacher, Austin Mitchell, Grahame Morris and Dennis Skinner are all backing a boycott of Amazon this Christmas.
Margaret Hodge has been boycotting Amazon since the company's appearance before the House of commons public accounts select committee which she chairs, she said:
“It's hugely important that we all take a stand and damage the reputation and business of companies such as Amazon that deliberately avoid paying their fare share of tax to the common purse for the common good.”
“If enough people boycott Amazon then we will damage their business. Amazon's market share and reputation matters.”
Read our exclusive interview with Margaret Hodge.
Join the Campaign
Consumers all over the world are wising up to Amazon's tax avoidance schemes. Join the growing movement of people boycotting the company until they pay their fair share of tax.
Email Amazon and let them know you are boycotting them.
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A word about Amazon marketplace
Our boycott is of Amazon products and does not extend to third parties selling on the Amazon marketplace. We do however recommend trying to search for the marketplace seller in order to try to buy from them direct where possible.