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Amazon - any chance of paying your UK tax ?


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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012 17:35:31 GMT
Good luck to Amazon, politicians will only waste our money. And Amazon creates thousands of new jobs too!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012 17:21:10 GMT
Don't see too many others, or indeed any of you lot, saying: 'I'd like to pay some more tax please'...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012 17:11:36 GMT
Nannie Jack says:
No explanation necessary, they know the loopholes available to mega companies. We can't change it but lets hope the government can. I am in business and are no loopholes for me, taxman says pay I have no choice!!! Jackie

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 15:34:06 GMT
I am not looking for fairness ...it doesn't exist in this world, but I will use Amazon only as last choice for buying things unless they pay reasonable tax in the UK (and other EU countries)

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 14:07:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2012 14:07:38 GMT
If the tax system allows for these loopholes, why wouldn't anybody or any company make the most of it? Why would you want to pay more tax than you are legally obliged to? Companies such as Amazon, Google, Starbucks may be ethically wrong in 'dodging' tax but they are not breaking any law. If I was in such a position and were able to dodge paying taxes, then I would.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 21:37:34 GMT
No tax = cheaper products :D fine by me

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 21:07:09 GMT
Atarian says:
Amazon are not in business for the fun of it, they exist ONLY to make profit. By legally avoiding all unnecessary costs the executives of the company are simply doing their jobs. If politicians want companies like Amazon to pay more tax they need to do their jobs and put legislation in place to ensure they do, they are the only ones that have the power. Unfortunately it is easier to bleat about it in the media than to get of their fat arses and do something about it. If politicians did their jobs as well as Amazon's accounts/legal department do theirs we wouldn't be having this conversation.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 20:45:44 GMT
dawnsgifts says:
who cares when your getting a bargin!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 14:49:29 GMT
The Mail can't huff and puff too much over this - they is owned non domiciled UK resident (ie someone who lives in the UK but for tax purposes is registered abroad)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 12:49:39 GMT
Angela says:
According to The Mail online "Margaret Hodge is now likely to face questions over the limited tax paid by Stemcor, the steel trading company of which she is a shareholder and which was founded by her father and is run by her brother.
Analysis of Stemcor's latest accounts in today's Daily Telegraph show that the business paid tax of just 163,000 on revenues of more than 2.1billion in 2011.
However, it is not known whether the company - which made profits of 65million - used tax avoidance measures similar to those criticised in the past by Mrs Hodge."

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 12:15:02 GMT
C. Naughton says:
yes there should pay tax but remember there have staff and warhouses over here and it would be just as easy for them to move them abroad and than people would be out of work so it devil or the deep blue see and people would still buy off them

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 12:09:41 GMT
Disgraceful that a company such as Amazon are not paying the right amount of tax. Just because it is not illegal does not mean it is not immoral or unethical.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 12:02:39 GMT
R M. A. Vose says:
I have stopped , also Boots the Chemist, Starbucks et al. Hit them where it hurts and save yourself some money in this consumer obsessed age.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 11:34:57 GMT
Adamo says:
Who makes the rules?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 11:34:23 GMT
Adamo says:
"Amazon maybe are screwing the UK out of tax but doesn't the Governments screw us taxed twice on petrol, bonuses expenses and so on."

Wake me when you work out what the difference is.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 11:33:04 GMT
Adamo says:
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All big companies do it these days, its just how it is. They have our government by the short and curlies due to how many people they employee, of which those employees will pay taxes you have to remember, so the government still gets something out of it, just not from the companies themselves."

That's not it at all. The jobs were already there when they were provided by smaller companies that paid tax. Infact there are less jobs/businesses now, and the money that went to the state now goes to Amazon shareholders, most of whom aren't British of course.

It's corrupt, plain as day. There is no benefit to our society.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 11:02:33 GMT
MG says:
Bye bye Amazon. Call me when you have paid your taxes.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 10:33:10 GMT
Apple paid only 1.9% of tax for its UK sales meaning they managed to dodge 550m worth of taxes through clever financing and you have to remember, this is the company that's got more cash than the US government, as apple is worth around 390bn

All big companies do it these days, its just how it is. They have our government by the short and curlies due to how many people they employee, of which those employees will pay taxes you have to remember, so the government still gets something out of it, just not from the companies themselves.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 10:13:29 GMT
Yes it is wrong but loads of companies do it, they do business from places like jersey so they avoid tax but its still legal, i don't exactly know how it works but hey if i could do it i would!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 10:08:20 GMT
nan says:
Isn't John Lewis part of house of frazer, harrods group. which could be why they pay taxes. But lets get this right amazon , Starbucks etc. And i am sure a great many more companies including vodaphone who owe taxes , are doing no more than a great many businesses do. Those who pay cash in hand to employers so do not pay NI or paye. Those who only deal in cash. I feel sure there are a great many of those around who avoid paying taxes, it is just on a much smaller scale. Add all the tax avoidance up and it must amount to millions. Who is going after them?

For all of us who do pay our taxes, even OAP's who have paid taxes all their lives and are still being taxed. The armed forces who pay UK taxes wherever they are in the world, yes including accommodation rents and
Council taxes, then that is when it becomes morally wrong. But it is business and since when have morals and big business gone hand in hand.

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 12:15:34 GMT
Mr S says:
Amazon maybe are screwing the UK out of tax but doesn't the Governments screw us taxed twice on petrol, bonuses expenses and so on. They are all as bad as each other MP's and Corporations I don't see any that has the moral high ground shame on them all. In A ideal world everybody would pay their fair share but sadly it doesn't happen.

It Is look out for number 1 So I don't begrudge any normal person who may want to save from buying from here to be honest if you go into towns these days you have to pay petrol to get there and your parking fee that adds extra costs to somebody who can't afford Christmas or any other type of shopping already we work long hours and the margin of incoming's and outgoings is getting less and less that's why online shopping can be favored over the high street.

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 09:10:42 GMT
MP's fiddling their expenses, MP's lodging with friends and claiming it's their "second home", MP's expecting you, the tax payer, to pay for their pet food, moat cleaning, mortgages they don't have, porn dowloads etc' etc'. All illegal, and all criminal offences. It's a bit rich that these same MP's are now shouting "Foul" at Amazon, who are breaking no laws.

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 04:08:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 04:09:27 GMT
Stu says:
Okay so every company in the UK moves its HQ to Luxembourg and loans money to its self to reduce profits .End result we all will all pay 90% tax on are earnings to support the state and we have no money to spend on the kind of products you buy on Amazon ,Watch the below and tell me Amazon does not hide its dealings in the UK ,Panorama shows you the trick Amazon use to avoid tax , Needs to be a level playing field for all company's .

Money that should me in the UK is now sitting the pockets of the government in Luxembourg , I wont spend another penny on Amazon and i have cancelled my Love film account , Any one who cares about the UK and are values and quality of life should do the same until Amazon stops using this loophole.If we dont then every other company will do the same trick .Then say goodbye to the NHS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20301381
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01hzg7y/Panorama_The_Truth_About_Tax/

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 02:28:01 GMT
M Deacey says:
You people exasperate me. What other tax avoidance schemes have you got going eh? I'm sending the law round. Expect a visit from Jim Bergerac.

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 02:03:35 GMT
Taj says:
Amazon tell Margaret hodge to burn herself like I did on twitter, amazon are fantastic
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