Amazon has stinged on their taxes once again, almost to a level that might make you consider shopping elsewhere. Maybe.
The online retailing giant paid just £1.7m in tax in 2017, down from £7.4m in 2016, despite the fact the company’s UK operating profits rose from £48m to £80m; a classic example of a mathematical and economic phenomenon known as “taking the absolute piss”.
“It’s a bloody disgrace,” said UK consumer, Simon Williams.
“Their boss is a trillionaire, right? He can afford to pay taxes properly. I mean bloody Simon Cowell pays more in tax per year than that entire company.
“Do you see what they’ve done? They’ve made Simon Cowell look comparatively good. And they’ve made me defend him on a public forum, that’s just unacceptable behaviour.
“Having said that, I do need a new hedge trimmer and having had a look around they’re actually a lot cheaper than B&Q… ah, fuck it. It’s not like I’m the bad guy here. I’m only enabling them, which is nowhere near as bad as avoiding tax.”
Other UK consumers agreed with Williams.
Mother of two, Elizabeth King, said, “There’s a lot more to me than the fact I’ve spawned, you know. I also run a florist.
“Anyway, yeah, Amazon. What a bunch of bastards.
“I’m going to boycott their website right up until the next Black Friday sale when I’ll go absolutely mental on them with my credit card.
“I mean yeah principles are important, but discount hair straighteners are hard to come by.”