Re: Amazon - don't pay corporation tax so - NO DEAL
They do pay their taxes, they just pay limited Corporation Tax *IN THE UK*
Remember also Corp Tax is only due on *profit*. £3.3bn but little to no profit on the UK based business equals no *Corp Tax* tax due. Sure they have profit in another country instead... there they PAY their Corp Tax equivalent. It's likely a lower Corp Tax rate, but then the UK has a high rate so of course they'll go to the cheaper country. The tax is still paid fairly and legally as per all EU laws.
As per EU law and the open single market of the EU they are entitled to set up shop anywhere in the EU and pay their taxes where they make a profit, which they do. They like any sensible business look to minimise their tax bill legally (quote from Lord Clyde, 1929: "No man in the country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations to his business or property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel in his stores").
To have our capitalist system and open free competitive market in the EU they have to be allowed to do this. How else does one country compete for business against another?
And by the way... Amazon pays their VAT bill on all purchases consumers make in the UK. They pay PAYE and NI on their employees in the UK. Amongst numerous other taxes they do pay in the UK.