"I will boycott Amazon this Christmas but only if 50,000 other people will do the same."
— Stephen Reid, UK Uncut
Deadline to sign up by: 22nd December 2012
1,002 people signed up, 48998 more were needed
Country: United Kingdom
In 2005, Amazon rented a five-storey building in Luxembourg's historic Grund quarter. The reason? To minimize the amount of tax it pays in the UK and other European countries by channelling sales through a Luxembourg holding company.
Last year, Britain's biggest online retailer generated sales of more than £3.3bn in the UK but paid no corporation tax. British businesses that do pay tax here have warned they simply can't compete.
Amazon was originally a American company, so some claim as long as it's paying tax in the US, we can't get too upset. Well, guess what? A Reuters examination showed the company has also managed to avoid paying tax in the States.
Whilst Amazon vans drive on taxpayer-funded roads, Amazon staff are kept healthy by our taxpayer-funded NHS and Amazon buildings are protected by taxpayer-funded police and fire services, the company is ruthlessly exploiting its multinational status with the goal of not giving anything back to society, anywhere.
We're not going to be mugged off like this any more. If enough of us pledge to boycott Amazon, not only will they sit up and take notice, but the extra pounds we spend in local shops this Christmas will have a real positive impact on British businesses that do pay tax. Pledge now!
Guardian: Amazon: £7bn sales, no UK corporation tax http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/201...
Reuters: Amazon's billion-dollar tax shield http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/0...
Stephen Reid, the Pledge Creator, joined by: