Currys boss& Amazon

Currys’ chief executive has said Amazon is getting a “free ride” from UK retailers by using the country’s infrastructure while swerving taxes.

Alex Baldock, the boss of the high street electronics retailer told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg show Amazon “appear[s] to play by different rules than those of us who actually pay some tax”.

The online giant has been accused of reducing its UK tax bills by sticking to a primarily digital footprint although it does pay tax on distribution warehouses.

Amazon’s UK tax bill could rise by £29m next year following the changes to business rates introduced in the autumn statement that will hit those that operate warehouses.

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