Boris Johnson told Jeff Bezos Amazon has to pay its fair share in taxes
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he told Amazon founder Jeff Bezos that the e-commerce behemoth must pay its fair share in taxes.
Johnson met with Bezos and his gal pal Lauren Sanchez on Monday in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly, which kicked off Tuesday.
"What I did say to him was that we in the UK feel very strongly that the internet giants need to be making their fair share of contribution in tax," Johnson told ITN on Tuesday of the meeting.
"When you sell many many billions worth of goods in the UK then you’ve got to expect to be taxed fairly in the UK," he added.
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"We need a digital sales tax, a proper way of making sure that we’re fairly taxing these enormous global businesses — just as we tax high street shops."
Asked by Channel 5 how Bezos responded, Johnson said, "He’s a capitalist and he made the very important point that this is a job for governments. And tax isn’t something that he’s going to pay as an ex gratia act of kindness."
"It’s up to governments to come up with the right framework," Johnson added.
Amazon, which made Bezos — its former CEO and current executive chairman — the world’s richest man, has faced scrutiny over whether it pays enough in taxes given its booming business.
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Even as Amazon’s UK revenue jumped by more than 50 percent in 2020 to nearly $28.2 billion, its UK division paid just $25 million in direct taxes, The Guardian reported earlier this month.