In a Stationery Matters news piece about the Chancellor’s proposed new tax for online retailers, we asked you to share your opinions about whether it would level the playing field between online and physical retailers. Dominic Irons, founder of online stationery retailer Bureau Direct, sent us this reply:
“In response to your request for comment on the proposed Amazon Tax, I would like to balance the prevailing view of online retailing benefiting from unfair advantages.
As with all businesses, larger corporations can unfairly drive sales at the expense of smaller business. Whether it is Amazon online, Tesco offline or almost any business in any sector you choose to look at, you can find examples of this.
There is a prevailing ‘myth’ about online retailing being easier, lower cost and so more profitable. Whilst there are advantages, there are also a lot of notable disadvantages that never get reported. These include:
Amazon don’t even pay the basic taxes other businesses have to, so why create a new tax that they won’t pay? Not for nothing is this called the Amazon Tax. It is hard for many businesses, but the line is drawn in the wrong place if you are putting it between online and ‘traditional’ retailers.”
Thanks to Dominic for sharing his opinion with our readers. Please feel free to contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the debate.