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theguardian - 2 month ago

A strong case for raising taxes on the wealthy | Letters

Andrew Phillips, Austen Lynch, Richard Ehrlich and Michael Miller on their hopes for the budget on WednesdayIt was reassuring to read in James Johnson’s article (Tax rises are no longer taboo in the UK. The party that grasps this could reap huge rewards, 25 February) that polling shows a big swing to a majority who now “want to see taxes increase on online retailers, who they feel have avoided paying their fair share for years”. At last!The accompanying photo in print shows a pile of Amazon deliveries on someone’s doorstep. They, on many billions of UK sales, only pay a derisory proportion in corporation tax. Local shops (what’s left of them) pay 19% in corporation tax. The online retailers also wreak havoc on roads with their delivery lorries, as well as contributing nothing to local community life. Continue reading...


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