Amazon petition delivered to Downing Street
Bookshop owners tell PM: stop Amazon tax dodge and save our high street
Bookshop owner Frances Smith today delivered 115,000 signatures to Downing Street, calling on the Government to take decisive action to make Amazon pay its fair share of UK corporation tax.
Frances along with husband Keith who run the Warwick and Kenilworth bookshops , launched their Change.org petition last December out of concerns that Amazon’s tax advantage is putting unfair pressure on indpendent high street stores, driving many out of business.
Frances Smith said: “110,000 people are telling the Prime Minister to take action on this issue. We’ve heard some warm words from government on clamping down on the tax avoiders, but not so much action.
Surely it’s about time that all companies who choose to do business and make profits in this country pay a reasonable amount of tax on their operations, just like we do. Big companies’ use of tax loopholes just adds to the continued assault on the high street and town centres about which we despair. Please let’s see some decisive action now.”
The campaign has been backed by tens of thousands including MP Margaret Hodge and authors Charlie Higson and Stephen Fry.
Hodge told The Bookseller there had to be a level playing field between online and independent booksellers. “We all care about our local bookshops and bookshops like Francis and Keith’s pay their taxes, so if Amazon doesn’t it is unfair competition."
Last year Amazon was accused of "immorally" minimising UK tax bills, along with Starbucks and Google, in a report by the Public Accounts Committee.
While Amazon's UK website reported a turnover of £207m for 2011, it paid just £1.8m in tax.
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