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Amazon UK boycott urged

Published on: 12th May 2014

Shoppers have been urged to boycott Amazon’s British business after it paid just £4.2m in tax last year, despite selling goods worth £4.3b.Amazon300

This figure was more than the UK sales of Argos, Dixons or the non-food arm of Marks & Spencer. Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, said shoppers should find alternatives to the Seattle-headquartered retailer, after consumer action persuaded coffee chain Starbucks to resume UK tax payments last year.

“It is an outrage and Amazon should pay their fair share of tax,” said Hodge. “They are making money out of not paying taxes. I no longer use Amazon. We should shop elsewhere. What we demonstrated with Starbucks is the power of the consumer voice.”

Amazon’s most recent charge brings its contribution to the public purse through corporation tax to just over £10m in a decade. Over the last four years, Amazon has generated £23b in British sales. It made a tax contribution of £3.2m the previous year.

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