Amazon's UK sales rocket to £4.7bn in 2013

But the company has only paid £9.7m in corporate tax.
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Amazon paid just £9.7m in corporation tax, despite its UK sales rocketing to £4.7bn, according to its 2013 accounts.

But despite the anomaly, the retailer has paid almost double the tax that it did one year ago, reports Retail Week.

Amazon – understood to report most of its European profit through a tax-exempt Luxembourg partnership – has previously come under fire for its tax affairs.

Last year, the internet giant’s UK business pre-tax profit grew 56 per cent to £17.1m.

In 2012, Amazon was called to the House of Commons to answer questions regarding tax, in front of the Public Accounts Committee.

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