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Amazon's Luxembourg tax dodge raises a few questions

by on05 May 2021

Sales income of $53 billion means no tax

A few questions have been raised over Amazon's tax planning after its latest corporate filings in Luxembourg revealed that the company collected record sales income of $53 billion in Europe last year but did not have to pay any corporation tax.

Accounts for Amazon EU Sarl, through which it sells products to hundreds of millions of households in the UK and across Europe, show that despite collecting record income, the Luxembourg unit made a $1.4 billion loss and therefore paid no tax

The unit was granted $67.3 million in tax credits to offset any future tax bills should it turn a profit.

The company has $3.25 billion worth of carried forward losses stored up, which can be used against any tax payable on future profits.

Margaret Hodge, a Labour MP who has long campaigned against tax avoidance, said: "It seems that Amazon's relentless campaign of appalling tax avoidance continues."

"Amazon's revenues have soared under the pandemic while our high streets struggle, yet it continues to shift its profits to tax havens like Luxembourg to avoid paying its fair share of tax. These big digital companies rely on our public services, infrastructure, and educated and healthy workforce. But unlike smaller businesses and hard-working taxpayers, the tech giants fail to pay fairly into the standard pot for the common good."


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