Tax avoiders who hit our high street

First published in Letters by

I HOPE that come the next European elections in 2014 everyone remembers what the region’s UKIP MEP had to say before Christmas on the issue of tax avoidance by big corporations.

The region’s UKIP man saw no problem with corporate tax avoidance, not on moral grounds, nor on the fact that thousands of jobs are disappearing up and down the land in order that US corporations can get rich.

Now Jessops has joined the list of high street bankruptcies, with the sad loss of jobs in York, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Hull, Harrogate and Scarborough. It has gone because, like shops up and town the country, it could not stand up to the unfair competition from operators such as Amazon.

Corporations such as Amazon, Google, Starbucks, and many others pay almost no tax and practically no VAT so they are able to undermine the high street. How can anyone compete against organisations that can charge 20 per cent less because they pay no tax?

Next in the firing line is HMV. If they go under there will be no major outlet for DVDs and music CDs in York. After them it will be clothing retailers.

Christian Vassie, Blake Court, Wheldrake, York.

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2:07pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bolero says...

I have no doubt that ``online` shopping is having an effect on High Street shops but I personally purchase a lot of goods from Amazon. I will continue to do so as long as the item I require is cheaper than the High Street. It's my money and I will choose how to spend it to best advantage. However, whenever I receive goods from Amazon they are always accompanied by an invoice showing VAT at 20%. If as Mr Vassie suggests that this payment is not being passed on to HM Customs then I suggest that he initiates an investigation into what is going on at Amazon as there is obviously some sort of fraudulent practice going on which needs enquiring into. I shall be enquiring of Amazon as to what is happening to the VAT I am supposed to be paying as I would not wish to be party to malpractice.
I have no doubt that ``online` shopping is having an effect on High Street shops but I personally purchase a lot of goods from Amazon. I will continue to do so as long as the item I require is cheaper than the High Street. It's my money and I will choose how to spend it to best advantage. However, whenever I receive goods from Amazon they are always accompanied by an invoice showing VAT at 20%. If as Mr Vassie suggests that this payment is not being passed on to HM Customs then I suggest that he initiates an investigation into what is going on at Amazon as there is obviously some sort of fraudulent practice going on which needs enquiring into. I shall be enquiring of Amazon as to what is happening to the VAT I am supposed to be paying as I would not wish to be party to malpractice. bolero
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2:20pm Thu 17 Jan 13

YorkJester says...

It's got nothing to do with tax avoidance, it's all to do with dated business plans and an unwillingness to move with the times.

HMV failed because they chose to ignore the massive impact that digital downloads and streaming had on their market share, they refused to accept that they would have to scale back their operations and take a less prominent role in the high street.

Jessops has went under because they have failed to develop their online market place, given their high profile brand they could have dominated online camera sales if they invested in the online market place.

It's easy to blame someone for the entire nations problems when they are doing something immoral like tax avoidance, its harder to accept that some businesses are just dinosaurs in a modern world.
It's got nothing to do with tax avoidance, it's all to do with dated business plans and an unwillingness to move with the times. HMV failed because they chose to ignore the massive impact that digital downloads and streaming had on their market share, they refused to accept that they would have to scale back their operations and take a less prominent role in the high street. Jessops has went under because they have failed to develop their online market place, given their high profile brand they could have dominated online camera sales if they invested in the online market place. It's easy to blame someone for the entire nations problems when they are doing something immoral like tax avoidance, its harder to accept that some businesses are just dinosaurs in a modern world. YorkJester
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4:40pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bolero says...

Having checked with Amazon they have issued me with the following statement:-"In accordance with the laws governing members of the European Union, Amazon. co.uk is obliged to register and charge for VAT on all orders delivered to the UK and in member countries of the EU. In the United Kingdom, the VAT rate is 0% on a number of select items, including books, children's clothing and safety gear. However, many items in our catalogue are subject to to the UK VAT rate of 20%, by law. Please remember that VAT charges only apply to orders being sent to member countries of the EU. Further information can be found on the Payment Options and VAT page in our Help section, which can be found at the following URL; http/www.amazon.co.u
k/gp/help/customer/d
isplay.html?nodeld=2
00792760.
Just thought I'd try to set the record straight rather than make unqualified accusations.
Having checked with Amazon they have issued me with the following statement:-"In accordance with the laws governing members of the European Union, Amazon. co.uk is obliged to register and charge for VAT on all orders delivered to the UK and in member countries of the EU. In the United Kingdom, the VAT rate is 0% on a number of select items, including books, children's clothing and safety gear. However, many items in our catalogue are subject to to the UK VAT rate of 20%, by law. Please remember that VAT charges only apply to orders being sent to member countries of the EU. Further information can be found on the Payment Options and VAT page in our Help section, which can be found at the following URL; http/www.amazon.co.u k/gp/help/customer/d isplay.html?nodeld=2 00792760. Just thought I'd try to set the record straight rather than make unqualified accusations. bolero
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9:52pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Richard Feynman says...

Put down the Guardian, borrow an A-Level Economics text book from the library, and read it.

You're welcome.
Put down the Guardian, borrow an A-Level Economics text book from the library, and read it. You're welcome. Richard Feynman
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10:23am Sat 19 Jan 13

jorvik says...

Christian vassie is a tool
Christian vassie is a tool jorvik
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