Sunday January 26, 2020

Bezos’s charity donations are no replacement for paying tax

Jeremy Corbyn is right: Amazon paying more tax would be of greater benefit to society than its boss making donations to the projects of his choice

1st December, 2019
Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO. Picture: Getty

Jeff Bezos probably knew that praise for his donation last week of nearly $100 million to homelessness charities in the US would not be universal. When you’re rated as one of the world’s wealthiest men, giving away less than one per cent of your total net assets raises a near-inevitable question: why not more?

Many US politicians refrained from joining in media questioning of the scale of the Amazon founder’s generosity. However,...

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