Should Amazon pay taxes?

Hailey Cingle, Staff Writer

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  Many American citizens have been turning to online retailers like Amazon for all of their shopping needs.  Their cheaper prices, fast shipping, and large-range availability of products may seem good for everyone, but this does hurt the United States in many ways.

  Due to Amazon’s positive qualities, many choose to shop online rather than  go to a traditional store. On average, 35 people order from Amazon every second- which resulted in their income of 5.6 billion dollars last year alone.  In turn, many businesses, like Toys R Us and Sears, are unable to compete with the retail giant. But, not only do they have an advantage on the product price, Amazon does not have to pay local taxes, and the company manages to get out of many state taxes as well.

  “I believe that if everyone else has to pay taxes, then companies like Amazon should too,” stated Shelby Cooper, ‘19.

  Amazon’s owner, Jeff Bazos, escaped from paying any federal taxes last year.  Recently, president Trump called out Bazos and his company, telling everyone on Twitter that he has never been in favor of Amazon’s tax avoidance, and hopes to change it in the future.

  “I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy, and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business,” stated Trump.

  Although Trump wants to make the change himself, he may not have to.  Trump has been trying to convince congress to pass the needed laws to make Amazon pay, and even the playing field for other companies.

  “I hope that something is passed, because this could affect my future.  If this continues, I might have to work at Amazon instead of somewhere I would actually want to work,” stated Alyssa Armento, ‘19.

  If a bill were to pass, Amazon would have to pay 789 million in a one time tax break for avoiding earlier tax years.

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Should Amazon pay taxes?