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Make it your 2017 New Year's Resolution to boycott Amazon - 
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.

The most up-to-date figures (2014), show that Amazon's UK subsidiary paid just £11.9m in corporate taxes on sales of £5.3bn - a rate of less than 0.3%.

 

What needs to happen?

Organisations campaigning for change rightly point to better regulation – such as a requirement for companies to publish ‘country by country’ tax reporting and selective public sector procurement.

But we already know that the corporate influence of regulators, through lobbying and political funding, makes regulatory solutions problematic in practice.

 

So what can ordinary citizens do about it? 

You can use you're spending power to send Amazon a clear message.

  • Take action now and pledge to boycott Amazon in 2017.
  • Let them know you are doing it by emailing them using the form below. 

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Dear Amazon,

 

I'm sending you this email to inform you that my 2017 New Year's resolution is to boycotting your company.

 

This is due to 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.

 

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,

 

 

 

This email was generated in conjunction with ethicalconsumer.org, which promotes the use of consumer power as a force for social change.