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Amazon UK unit pays US$8 million corporation tax as sales hit US$17.5 billion

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Amazon.com Inc's main UK subsidiary, Amazon UK Services Ltd., paid just 6.3 million pounds (US$8 million) in corporation tax in 2019 despite the group reporting over US$17.5 billion in sales in Britain, accounts published on Wednesday show.

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16 Sep 2020 05:21PM

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LONDON: Amazon.com Inc's main UK subsidiary, Amazon UK Services Ltd., paid just 6.3 million pounds (US$8 million) in corporation tax in 2019 despite the group reporting over US$17.5 billion in sales in Britain, accounts published on Wednesday show.

Amazon said the low figure reflected the underlying condition of its UK business.

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“Corporation tax is based on profits, not revenues, and our profits have remained low given retail is a highly-competitive, low margin business and we continue to invest heavily,” the company said in a statement.

Amazon does not publish its UK profits. British sales are reported largely through a web of Luxembourg-based companies, principally Amazon EU Sarl, which is also subject to UK tax on a portion of its earnings. However, that company reported a tax credit of 294 million euros last year.

Amazon has faced criticism for its tax practices in the UK for years and is currently fighting a legal battle with the European Commission over claims, which Amazon denies, that it received unfair tax advantages from Luxembourg.

Last week, the company published a report on its tax contribution to Britain which said the group incurred taxes of 293 million pounds in 2019.

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