Amazon paid £220m to UK taxman in 2018

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Amazon has revealed for the first time the full amount it has paid in taxes in the UK.

The online retail giant handed £220 million to the taxman in 2018, according to an internal audit analysing the accounts of all UK-based subsidiaries.

National insurance contributions made up the biggest proportion of the payment, followed by business rates, corporation tax and stamp duty.

Amazon also said £573 million was collected by the company in indirect taxes as a result of UK business activities.

Amazon invested £625m in the UK in 2018, including its first physical store in Manchester (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote a birthday card to Amazon, saying “You owe the British people millions in taxes that pay for the public services that we all rely on. Please pay your fair share.”

Amazon has already revealed total revenues in the UK were £10.89 billion last year, but added that £625 million was spent on updating warehouses and opening new offices.

According to the company, bosses have invested £18 billion in UK operations and capital expenditure between 2010 and 2018, and created 2,000 new jobs in 2019.

The company has also been criticised in the past for its treatment of workers, particularly in its warehouses where staff are monitored at all times.

Amazon has responded by no longer using zero-hours contracts for staff and increasing wages to Living Wage levels.

The accounts filed with Companies House show Amazon UK Services – the largest UK-based subsidiary for the company – saw revenues rise 18% to £2.35 billion.

Pre-tax profits were £75.4 million, up from £72.4 million a year ago.

Tax on the Amazon UK Services business was £14 million in 2018, up from £4.7 million.

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