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Amazon to start paying tax on profits in the UK

By Chris Dawson May 26, 2015 - 10:37 am

Amazon have started to record sales in the UK since the 1st of May according to The Wall Street Journal. On Saturday they reported that Amazon will book sales in the UK and pay UK tax on their profits in a move which will doubtless delight George Osborne, not to mention every UK business who pay their taxes in the UK.

Previously Amazon has insisted that “a single European business is going to need a single European headquarters” as a justification for paying their tax in Luxembourg, including tax on the portion of their sales made within the UK. The Guardian quotes Amazon’s new stance as that they are “now recording retail sales made to customers in the UK through the UK branch. Previously, these sales were recorded in Luxembourg”.

According to WSJ Amazon kicked off plans to book sales and pay tax in each EU country two years ago saying “We regularly review our business structure to ensure that we are able to best serve our customers and provide additional product and services”. It’s a bit strange that Amazon executives didn’t mention this when hauled before Parliament and quizzed on their tax affairs by MPs.

Amazon’s UK MD, Christopher North has resigned from Amazon UK’s board of directors as of the 1st of May but remains as UK Country Manager. Amazon UK’s finance director Rob McWilliam also quit the board at the same time and is now Vice President, Consumables.

It will be interested to see if some of the other big tech companies headquartered outside the UK follow suit and start to book UK sales within the UK.

  • John
    2 years ago

    Fees will go up??

    On another matter i noticed within the last 2 weeks or so that Amazon are dispersing funds weekly and not fortnightly on my account? Is this standard or have I been upgraded to VIP status?

    • elvis
      2 years ago

      I’ve noticed this as well John but have not heard why. Can only be a good thing though to free up cash flow quicker.

      Have tamebay any details on this?

    • A+
      2 years ago

      A new “request transfer now” button appeared on our payment page after our documents were verified. It’s great for cash flow!

    • elvis
      2 years ago

      Now you say that, my more regular disbursements have been happening since I was verified as well, so it sounds like it is related to this.

  • SteveB
    2 years ago

    Maybe Amazon got wind of HMRC looking for a big company to “make an example of” and they decided to fess up? Still, thanks to their clever accountants my bet is they won’t pay much!

    Ahhh well, at least HMRC still have eBay to make an example of!

    Long live The Revolution!! :)

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