Tax reform

Stephen King takes a rod to the rich

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 28, 2015 // 10 Comments

Stephen King is anything but my favorite horror writer – and after all, he can afford to ignore my snark. Literally. And that’s precisely the point. But in that regard, he just substantially redeemed himself in my eyes – with a scathing and passionately profane article in The [...]

Documents leak fingers Amazon among Luxembourg tax offenders, says ICIJ

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) claims to have just obtained a trove of leaked documents from the tiny and highly tax-efficient Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, naming Amazon among many name-brand international companies that sought extensive tax concessions by [...]

Nando’s, Amazon, and tax: Who’s the real chicken?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

In the wake of UK children’s writer Allan Ahlberg’s refusal of the Amazon-sponsored inaugural Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award – over Amazon’s tax avoidance policies and other issues including the Hachette standoff – The Guardian has been probing into similar tax [...]

Anthony Horowitz: Amazon are evil, their middle name is miseree …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Evil stalks the land. Evil. Badness. Wrong. Sin. Naughtiness. And its (their?) name is (are?) not legion, but Amazon. Thus the opening keynote speech by Anthony Horowitz at the London Book Fair’s Publishing for Digital Minds event, as relayed by Digital Book World and a hail of Tweets. What [...]

G20 Tax Reform Plans May Close Amazon Loophole

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The variable tax geometry that has generated so many headlines, consumer complaints and politicians’ soundbites across Europe lately about Amazon could potentially be cut back soon, as the G20 nations line up behind an Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) plan that [...]

French ebooks: what should the VAT rate be?

By Paul Biba
June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Publishing Perspectives notes this question being discussed in the latest issue of ESPRIT magazine by Pascale Fouche – bibliographer and editor of the Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre. Fouche does not want a lower rate of VAT extended to ebooks: “A book is an item, printed on paper, [...]

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