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Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
5 Nov 2012 1:55PM
Aspects of my life would cease to exist without A***on. Wink

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jondf 8 2.5k
5 Nov 2012 3:24PM

Quote:Aspects of my life would cease to exist without A***on.


Yes, I know what you mean. However, I expect Amazon (and any others) to be brought to book over what must surely be some kind of loop-hole dodge. Not to be paying VAT in the country of purchase is wrong.
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 3:56PM
To take slightly different slant on this subject, one of my annoyances is the practice of shops pricing things cheaper on their website than in their shop.

A recent purchase from a high street chain... by from the store at 600, or order from the website, and collect from store an hour later at 330....

OK, so this was flagged as a 'web special offer' - but it does seem to be a common practice for offering lower prices on the website.
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
5 Nov 2012 4:03PM

Quote:shops pricing things cheaper on their website than in their shop.


Waterstones bookshop have a similar practice.

Ordering online and collecting the book from your local store is cheaper than actually ordering from within the shop itself ! !
Jestertheclown 6 6.4k 241 England
5 Nov 2012 4:11PM

Quote:Not to be paying VAT in the country of purchase is wrong.

Every one of us would avoid it if we thought we could get away with it.
jondf 8 2.5k
11 Nov 2012 9:50AM

Quote:Every one of us would avoid it if we thought we could get away with it.


That may or may not be so but not an internationally recognised company like Amazon. Any loophole wants closing fast.
thewilliam 6 4.7k
11 Nov 2012 9:54AM
Boots the Chemist relocated to Zurich. Was this for tax reasons?
brian1208 e2
11 10.4k 12 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 11:58AM

Quote:We're not hiding our profits we're reinvesting, says Boots owner Pessina

Italian who co-owns Alliance Boots with private equity firm KKR hits back angrily at criticism of the group's low tax bill



from here

there is always more to the story than the headlines
losbarbados 5 236 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 12:20PM

Quote:Not to be paying VAT in the country of purchase is wrong.

Quote:
Every one of us would avoid it if we thought we could get away with it.



Amazon don't avoid VAT, they avoid Corporation tax
They don't pay VAT, they collect it on behalf of HMRC, it is only the end user that pays VAT
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
12 Nov 2012 1:46AM
answersonapostcard e2
10 12.6k 15 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2012 7:31AM
Some of the big water companies are also avoiding paying corporation tax, at the same time as paying large bonuses to bosses and getting tax incentives to invest in infrastructure back from the government. Sad
brian1208 e2
11 10.4k 12 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2012 9:37AM
until we have an effective tax system such tax avoidance schemes are legal and it seems pointless to "Name & Shame" companies that make use of legal mechanisms to reduce their tax bills.

This simply lets the governments of the day (of what ever flavour) escape from their responsibilty to sort the system out.

The tax system in this country has become more and more bloated and less effective over decades

none of us will offer to pay more tax than we need
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2012 9:39AM

Quote:Until we have an effective tax system such tax avoidance schemes are legal and it seems pointless to "Name & Shame" companies that make use of legal mechanisms to reduce their tax bills.

This simply lets the governments of the day (of what ever flavour) escape from their responsibilty to sort the system out.


Without the naming and shaming there would be no calls to sort the system out...
mdpontin 10 6.0k Scotland
12 Nov 2012 9:48AM
Perhaps, but it does seem a bit perverse to attempt to "shame" companies who are in compliance with the law as it stands. A touch hypocritical too, unless the feeling is that we should all volunteer to pay more tax than we are required to by law.
Jestertheclown 6 6.4k 241 England
12 Nov 2012 9:54AM

Quote:unless the feeling is that we should all volunteer to pay more tax than we are required to by law.

. . . and we're all going to do that.

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