United Kingdom to go after AMZN on Tax Avoidance - JUST ANNOUNCED
By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent
10:35AM GMT 04 Jan 2013
Foreign companies like Starbucks and Amazon which have avoided paying large corporation tax bills in Britain lack "moral scruples", David Cameron has said.
The Prime Minister said he was going to make “damn sure” that foreign companies like Starbucks and Amazon which have been found to avoid legally paying a large corporation tax in the UK paid their fair share.
Mr Cameron was speaking weeks after MPs on the Public Accounts Committee accused Starbucks, Google and Amazon in a high profile report of “immorally” minimising their UK tax bills.
Last year Treasury minister David Gauke caused a row when he told The Daily Telegraph that people who paid cash in hand to tradesmen, allowing them to avoid VAT, were "morally wrong".
Mr Cameron was asked by a business audience in the north west of England on Thursday why “Starbucks and Amazon” were allowed to avoid paying large corporation tax bills, given that they have a large presence in the UK.