There’s been a lot of fuss in the news about Amazon (and Google, Starbucks and the like) not paying their taxes and even calls for a boycott. I don’t see what the problem is. Yes, morally, they are probably being a tad questionable but they’re not doing anything illegal! As far as I can see you have three options:
- put up, and shut up, they’re not doing anything illegal
- boycott amazon – yes you could, but like all boycotts it would have to be total in order to have any effect and that’s never going to happen
- change the law – clearly this has been an oversight going back to a time when business wasn’t as international as it is now. Just change it now to be: if you choose to operate in a country, whether that be with a base in the country or just selling to the people of the country, you pay the taxes in that country. Yes you may find some businesses leaving, but I find in Amazon’s case that’s unlikely
So stop flippin’ complaining and change the law to address the problem!