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Amazon is the UK's number one tax avoider


At a time when our public services are being slashed and household budgets are under increasing strain it's not fair that big companies such as Amazon aren't paying their way.

Some prescient economic commentators have long pointed out that systematic tax avoidance by corporations in a globalised economy is so serious that it stands to undermine the very tax base upon which European welfare states have been built. [1]

But what can ordinary citizens do about it? Organisations campaigning for change rightly point to better regulation – such as a requirement for companies to publish ‘country by country’ tax reporting of the type Norway recently announced it would introduce.

Selective public sector procurement (like our own call for public sector contracts not to go to tax avoiders) is another necessary reform. But we already know that corporate capture of regulators through lobbying and political funding makes regulatory solutions problematic in practice.


Collective action by angry consumers could be an important additional lever for change.




Tell Amazon that you are boycotting them!


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Dear Amazon,


I'm sending you this email to inform you that I am boycotting your company because of your aggressive tax avoidance.


In this time of austerity everyone needs to be paying their fair share of tax.


We need this money to keep open the vital services that benefit the most vulnerable members of society including children, the sick and the elderly.


Your tax revenue could help to do this.


Amazon directly profits from our transport infrastructure, an educated workforce and health service which are all paid for by tax-payers.


Paying just £1.8 million in corporation tax on revenues of over £2.9 billion in 2011 is not acceptable. 


I believe that selling cheap products at the expense of public services is immoral and therefore I will no longer buy from Amazon until it pays a fair amount of tax.


Instead I will be spending my money with companies who pay their taxes


Yours Faithfully,




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1. John Gray (1998) False Dawn, Granta.