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UK: Independent booksellers deliver petition with 150,000 signatures asking Prime Minister to make Amazon pay corporation tax

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25 April 2013

Independent booksellers deliver Amazon taxation petition to No 10 [UK]

Author: Alison Flood, Guardian [UK]

Supported by Stephen Fry, Margaret Hodge and Charlie Higson, independent booksellers Frances and Keith Smith delivered a petition calling on David Cameron to take "decisive action [to] make Amazon pay its fair share of UK corporation tax" to Downing Street on 24 April. Over 150,000 people have joined the Smiths' campaign, which they launched last December, saying that "we pay our taxes and so should [Amazon] – please take a stand with us and tell Amazon to pay their fair share"...."Times are tough and getting tougher," the Smiths write in their petition. "We face unrelenting pressure from huge online retailers undercutting prices, in particular Amazon...But what's even worse is that Amazon, despite making sales of £3.3 BILLION in the UK last year, does not pay any UK corporation tax on the profits from those sales. In my book, that is not a level playing field and leaves independent retailers like us struggling to compete just because we do the right thing." [also refers to Google, Starbucks]

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Article
24 January 2013

Tax avoidance - an introduction

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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