Amazon's UK tax bill revealed
Amazon's sales to UK internet customers boomed in 2014, increasing more than 14% to £5.3bn.
But these sales were routed through its Luxembourg unit, meaning that the British tax man doesn't see a slice. In the UK the company paid just £11.9m in corporation tax.
According to the Guardian, the company's 2014 accounts claim that its British subsidiary did not sell to British customers; rather it provided services to its Luxembourg subsidiary, which made these sales. This is despite the number of staff employed in the company's British warehouses increasing from 5,912 in 2013 to 7,722 in 2014.
In May the company apparently voluntarily decided to end this arrangement, claiming that it had started to book retail sales through its UK branch.
But campaigners remain sceptical. “Amazon's announcement, on its own, is no guarantee that the company will play fairly with the tax authorities,” according to Ethical Consumer magazine, which called for people to continue to boycott the company until it published its financial information on a country-by-country basis.
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