Jan 24, 2020

Amazon owed £3m tax rebate amid Rugeley floor space row

Amazon is to get a £3.2m council tax rebate after winning a legal row about the nature and size of its warehouse. Business rates on the Staffordshire site will be revised and back dated to 2011 after Amazon argued its mezzanine should not count as floor space. Councillor Gordon Alcott, town centre regeneration boss, said Amazon had challenged the calculation of its business rates based on the amount of floor area the Rugeley warehouse occupied. Stuart Richards, of union GMB West Midlands, said: "It looks like Amazon is happy to rely on our vital public services, but then pay as little as possible to actually support them." An Amazon spokesperson said: "Business rates are part of Amazon's broader £18bn investment in the UK since 2010" adding that it had contributed £793m in total towards taxation in 2018.

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