A petition set up by a couple who run independent bookshops in Warwickshire against online retailer Amazon has been signed by more than 31,000 people.
Frances Smith and her husband run stores in Kenilworth and Warwick. They say they're struggling because they're undercut by the online retailer who don't pay any corporation tax. Amazon says it pays all the tax it has to.
More than 7,000 people have signed a petition to encourage the on-line retailer, Amazon, to pay more UK tax.
It has been set up by a couple who run independent bookshops in Warwickshire. They claim they are at a disadvantage because the tax issue helps the internet giant to undercut them. Wesley Smith reports.
Following the owners of a local independent bookshop from the Midlands setting up an online petition to force Amazon to start paying tax on its UK earnings, the company has issued the following statement:
Amazon pays all applicable taxes in every jurisdiction that it operates within.
Amazon EU serves tens of millions of customers and sellers throughout Europe from multiple consumer websites in a number of languages dispatching products to all 27 countries in the EU.
We have a single European Headquarters in Luxembourg with hundreds of employees to manage this complex operation.
The owners of a local independent bookshop from the Midlands have set up an online petition to force Amazon to start paying tax on its UK earnings.
Frances and Keith Smith set up bookshops in Warwick and Kenilworth in 2004. They say they're facing unfair competition from on-line giant Amazon as they are able to under-cut High Street prices because they don't pay UK tax.
Mr and Mrs Smith say businesses like theirs are being forced under by firms whose profit margins are artificially inflated by tax avoidance.