Amazon under fire over German taxes

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Amazon’s main German arm paid income tax of just €3 million (£2.6m) in 2012 after the group channelled sales to German customers of $8.7 billion (£5.8bn) via Luxembourg units, prompting one lawmaker to call for an investigation of the company.

Accounts for GmbH filed with Germany’s companies register show that the company reported profit of just €10m for 2012, which was taxed at the headline German rate of 30 per cent.

Amazon has been criticised in other countries, including the UK, for its low tax bills.