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Friday, May 17, 2013

In the UK, Amazon Is a Welfare Queen

Posted by on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Zeljka Marosevic at Melville House tells us about a meeting yesterday that was held to discuss Amazon.com's taxes, or lack thereof:

“What people will find particularly galling is that the amount Amazon is paying in tax is actually less than they are taking from UK taxpayers in the form of government grants. Companies like Amazon should pay their fair share of tax based on their economic activity in this country and the profits they make here...

Why is it people get ridiculously upset when someone on the internet sees a young mother of three buying some mildly unhealthy food with food stamps, but when Amazon sucks at the welfare teat on an exponentially larger scale, it's at best considered to be the free hand of the market and at worst just shrugged off as the way it is nowadays?

 

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balderdash 1
Why is it? It's because inside of each and every one of us there lurks a shitty, hateful, racist bully who delights in nothing more than picking on the weak, especially when that involves blaming them for their own predicaments; and in a lot of people, and especially on the internet, that bully is not very deep beneath the surface. Not at all.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on May 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM · Report this
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In Soviet Russia Amazon browses YOU!
Posted by easytarget on May 17, 2013 at 2:29 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 3
It's easier to relate to the person than to a giant global corporation?
Posted by TheMisanthrope on May 17, 2013 at 2:49 PM · Report this
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Amazon = job creator.
Young mother = moocher/taker/welfare queen.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on May 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM · Report this
treacle 5
I think balder @1 and misanthrope @3 are both the correct answers.
Posted by treacle on May 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM · Report this
Posted by usagi on May 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 7
Because people are too credulous/stupid to govern themselves.
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm http://peregrinari.tumblr.com/ on May 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Report this
balderdash 8
The difference I didn't articulate well, being, then, that the young mother on welfare needs the aid which she is being given, whilst the megacorporation takes the aid which they do not need because they can get away with it. In a sense, the mother is perverting the intention of the aid system, whereas Amazon.uk is acting entirely in line with a tax break structure which they and others like them have worked to put in place. For whatever reason, we instinctively respect the power to make the world work for you in an orderly fashion, even if it's hideously unfair, but we hold in utmost contempt anything less than perfect orthodoxy in the weak, even if the deviation is entirely humane.

Because we are jerks.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on May 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM · Report this
Fnarf 9
This is just part of Amazon's tax dodging, even in the UK. They already reduce their tax burden there as much as possible by shifting their income to Luxembourg, which has a much lower rate. I'm sure they have it all figured out, where they can move income back to the UK if and when they receive more than enough government grants to offset the loss.

Big corporations game the tax system of the various countries all the time. It's a major source of their income.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on May 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM · Report this
evilvolus 10
I believe it's called "on the dole" in the UK.
Posted by evilvolus on May 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM · Report this
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Class warfare. Next question?
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on May 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM · Report this
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At least the UK is going after Amazon.uk for using Luxembourg as a tax haven. Here in Washington, Democratic legislators fell all over each other in the rush to retroactively validate Microsoft's use of Nevada as one -- and at a time when the state budget was in a crisis worse than the UK's. Yeah, I'm lookin' at you, Ed, Frank, and Jamie.
Posted by PCM on May 18, 2013 at 4:46 AM · Report this
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@12 (PCM): Oops-a-daisy! That would be Amazon.co.uk. And since I'm bothering to post a follow-up comment, I might as well include this link in it, since virtually no one in local media bothered to cover the story:

http://www.microsofttaxdodge.com/

And yes, I checked the legislative history, and Ed Murray, Frank Chopp, and Jamie Pedersen all voted for it.
Posted by PCM on May 18, 2013 at 5:18 AM · Report this

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