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Amazon attacked over UK tax bill

THE UK arm of internet shopping giant Amazon paid corporation tax of just £2.4m last year despite sales of £4.2bn.

Details of the American firm's tax contribution follow the uproar over tax paid by other multinational giants including Starbucks and Apple.

Chairwoman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge said she plans to haul Amazon back to explain its financial dealings after its company filings showed Amazon.co.uk paid tax of £3.2m in 2012, on sales of £320m.

Appearing before the committee, Google's Matt Brittin stood by evidence he gave last year that all the firm's advertising in Europe was sold through its offices in Ireland.

However, Ms Hodge said his claims were contradicted by documentation MPs had seen and evidence from a "stream" of whistleblowers.

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