UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Confront Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Over Tax Record

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confront Amazon boss Jeff Bezos over his e-commerce company’s tax record and working standards for employees when they meet in New York on Sept. 20.

Asked if Johnson would urge Bezos to pay his company’s fair share of taxes in the UK and to improve his employee’s working conditions, Johnson’s official spokesperson said, “Yes, you can expect the prime minister to raise this important issue.”

“We’ve been a leading advocate for an international solution to the tax challenges posed by the digitalization of the economy. We secured an agreement at the G7 on digital tax, so we’ll very much be looking to raise that,” the spokesperson further said.

Amazon has faced criticisms over the years for its minimal tax payments, as well as its treatment of its employees, in the UK despite making billions.

Amazon’s key UK branch has paid only £18.3 million in direct taxes despite its sales increasing by 50% to £20.63 billion ($28.31 billion) in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson’s meeting with Bezos is part of his three-day trip to New York and Washington, D.C. where he will attend the United Nations general assembly and hold talks with United States President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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