Voice of the Mirror: We pay more in taxes to compensate for firms such as Amazon

Voice of the Mirror: We pay more in taxes to compensate for firms such as Amazon

 

Companies like Amazon make millions in profits but use clever accounting to avoid paying their fair share of tax.

Countries around the world have been trying to get these firms to cough up.

And only our Tories could come up with a system that penalises the very people they should be helping while letting the internet giants off the hook.

Under plans for a digital services tax, Amazon will pay 2% on the services it provides.

This is a tax on the fees it charges to small traders to use its site and not on the goods it sells online.

As a result, Amazon will simply hike the fees to cover the additional cost.

To add insult to injury, the UK’s proposed 2% levy is one of the lowest in the world and compares poorly with a 3% digital sales tax in France, 5% in Austria and 7.5% in Hungary.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, must be laughing all the way to the bank.

It is not so funny for the rest of us as we pay more in taxes to compensate for the amount firms such as Amazon avoid.

Greater Manchester faces an anxious wait to find out if it will be placed in the Tier 3 category of local lockdown.

If the Government goes ahead with these tighter restrictions, it will be against the will of local political leaders.

Civic bosses in the region fully understand the need to contain the virus and save lives.

What they do not understand is why Boris Johnson is refusing to offer sufficient support to help them cope.

At the moment, funding is not nearly enough to save firms from collapse, keep people in jobs and prevent hardship.

Far from levelling up, as the PM promised, it will cause a permanent levelling down.

Marcus Rashford today launches a Parliamentary petition calling on the Government to end child food poverty.

Putting his name to this demand is the best signing in football.

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