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Amazon tax bill: 'Pandemic profiteers must pay more'

08 Sep 2021
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GMB, the union for Amazon workers, says the internet giant’s tax bill is ‘frankly insulting’ and companies that have profited from the pandemic should pay more

Amazon’s key UK business paid just £3.8m more corporation tax last year than in 2019, even as sales increased by £1.89bn.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said:

“Thousands of businesses across the UK have folded during the pandemic.

“Yet despite making billions from lockdown shopping, and trousering millions in Government contracts and subsidies, Amazon has paid a frankly insulting amount of tax back into Treasury coffers.

“At the same time Amazon workers suffer unsafe, dehumanising work practices; breaking bones, falling unconscious and being taken away in ambulances.

“Ministers must get a grip of this runaway company and make sure pandemic profiteers pay more.”

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