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Booksellers head to Downing Street with Amazon petition

Independent bookshop in Warwickshire Credit: ITV News Central

A petition set up by a couple who run independent bookshops in Warwickshire against online retailer Amazon has been signed by more than 150,000 people.

Frances Smith and her husband Keith will go to Downing Street today to hand in the petition.

The couple say they are struggling because they are undercut by the online retailer who don't pay any corporation tax.

Amazon says it pays all the tax it has to.

Over 31,000 sign petition against Amazon

A petition has been signed by more than 31,000 people against Amazon Credit: ITV Central News

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.

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Amazon statement on tax petition

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.

– Amazon

Local bookshop want Amazon to start paying tax

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.

The online campaign has had just over 7,500 signatures in a week.

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