Amazon paid no corporation tax in the UK in 2021. At the same time its employees’ real wages are dropping despite record revenues and Amazon’s global carbon emissions are increasing. We need to act.
Using the UK government’s ‘super deduction’ scheme, Amazon offset expenses against profits in 2021, which resulted in the company paying no tax in the UK. The situation is no better in Europe.
In the US, the company has been accused of using union busting tactics.
That’s why we’re supporting the Make Amazon Pay day of action on Friday 25 November.
Make Amazon pay on Friday
On Friday campaign groups and trade unions will join forces to demand Amazon pay its taxes, pay its workers and tackle its carbon emissions.
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Together we can make Amazon pay its fair share, and take responsibility for its workers and the planet.
A historic win at the UN
We had some good news this week. The UN passed a historic resolution making international tax cooperation more inclusive and effective. The move will help tackle global tax dodging.
The resolution, which was passed unanimously, starts to move rule-making on global tax to the UN, away from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which is dominated by rich countries. Developing countries will now have a greater say on global tax.
As our friend, Dereje Alemayehu, from the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, said “This is a historic win for … tax justice”.