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This is a link post France puts the first boot in to Amazons tax dealings
Asks for $252 million in back taxes
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 10:48, Reply)
This is a normal post I suppose they've got to find a replacement for all the people they wanted to tax 70% of their incomes leaving the country

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 10:53, Reply)
This is a normal post I hate to be a pedant (no, really)
but it's 70% of their incomes over a certain level. I know that's still unacceptable to some people, but saying it's 70% of their income is misstating how graduated income tax works.

Also maybe worth noting that the top rate of federal income tax in the US was over 80% for 20 years after World War 2 when they experienced a massive boom in prosperity, and remained at 70% or over until the Reagan years without the nation collapsing into the sea.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:05, Reply)
This is a normal post b3ta seems to be a tax love fest this morning
hence my cynicism. I think I should leave the house and visit my fluffy animal friends
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:11, Reply)
This is a normal post "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society"
Or, at least, so said the the late Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in the USA. Seems these days taxes are what the proles pay for a civilized society while certain large corporations are content to take all the benefits of various states' infrastructures while contributing as little as possible to them. I think people's concern is justified on those grounds alone.

But yay, fluffy animals. Bring back pictures, maybe? :)
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:18, Reply)
This is a normal post Tax is the new paedo
It's not as worrying now all the kids have learnt to kick box.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:44, Reply)
This is a normal post Well, it's either kick box or the sex trade.
You know how it is.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:47, Reply)
This is a normal post It worked out for Van Dam

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:49, Reply)
This is a normal post Yeah, the parallels between Belgium and Thailand are astounding.

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:54, Reply)
This is a normal post Well they both have massive problems with child sex rings.

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:55, Reply)
This is a normal post Anyway, all this pales in comparison to Africa etc.

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:57, Reply)
This is a normal post Why are you always picking on Africa?

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 12:09, Reply)
This is a normal post You're right, but what about North Korea? China?
And don't even get me started on Iraq and Afghanistan.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 12:14, Reply)
This is a normal post I hated the transformers movie

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 12:16, Reply)
This is a normal post Anyone seen a spider round here?

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 12:19, Reply)
This is a normal post Spiders over here are nothing in comparison to the spiders in Australia.

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 12:25, Reply)
This is a normal post Shall we agree to disagree on this one and both stop being tedious?

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 12:57, Reply)
This is a normal post *Piles on*

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 13:33, Reply)
This is a normal post In a similar vein
Have an amusing video of an Amazon exec floundering in front of a Government committee.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20301381
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 10:58, Reply)
This is a normal post Yeah saw that yesterday, unbelievably rubbish.
Basically didn't take the committee seriously and sent an ill prepared underling.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:02, Reply)
This is a normal post More like tried to do a Murdoch
but forgot the "plausible" part of plausible deniability
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:08, Reply)
This is a normal post Worm

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 21:22, Reply)
This is a normal post I hope they kept their receipt

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:00, Reply)
This is a normal post Oooofff, Now than, I am ALL for fair play and everyone paying their taxes
but: can't we wait till after Christmas before the collective taxmen of the world fire a broadside at Amazon that sinks it to the depths of the fiscal seas?
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:04, Reply)
This is a normal post Very
good point.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:09, Reply)
This is a normal post I wouldn't worry
they're a massive company with very good accountants and lots of lawyers, they'll find some way of wriggling out of it.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:11, Reply)
This is a normal post Radio2 yesterday
(admittedly on their weaker than weak drivetime show)

had some tax bod from some tax specialist co (was it kpmg?) arguing that poor Starbucks' had consistently made a loss in the UK and therefore paying no tax was fair. The interviewer just wasn't equipped at all to argue how the flow of money might be engineered in such a way to make this look plausable, and completely missed the point that if they make 1% profit (as he admitted "some" of the shops do), 20% of whatever the real number/amount for that should still be payable.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 11:24, Reply)