Indies condemn business rates system following Amazon disclosure

Indies condemn business rates system following Amazon disclosure

Independent booksellers have expressed frustration that they are proportionately being taxed as much as six times what Amazon pays in business rates relative to its turnover.

In the wake of revelations last week that, despite recording annual turnover of £8bn in the UK, retail giant Amazon pays just £63m in business rates - the proportional equivalent of 0.79% of its takings - a number of indie booksellers have revealed their business rates bills are proportionally higher than Amazon amid calls for major reform of the system. 

While Goldsboro Books pays the equivalent of 4.2% of its takin...

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