‘Amazon won’t pay tax as act of kindness’ says boss Jeff Bezos
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But Boris Johnson said the world’s richest man responded defensively, saying Amazon would not pay more as an “act of kindness” ‑ adding that taxation is a “job for governments”. Amazon paid just £63million in business rates here in 2018 on reported sales of £8.8billion.
Its sales in the UK soared by 51 percent to almost £20billion last year, buoyed by the lockdown restrictions that laid waste to high street shops.
“[Bezos] has to operate within the commercial framework, within the laws as he finds,” the PM said.
“We’re trying to make sure we change so as to be fair to the taxpayer, fair to other businesses in the high street and elsewhere.”
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