Primark finance boss calls for fair tax for all retailers

In support of the British high street, Finance Chief at Primark owner Associated British Foods, John Bason, says that online competitors have an unequal tax advantage due to a tax system which he believes is “unfairly weighted”.

Explaining that Primark paid £70 million in business rates across its 185 UK stores, and £90 million in Corporation Tax, he says: “Online competitors don’t have that”. Unlike brick and mortar retailers, he says, online fashion retailers don’t have to pay the same steep tax bills.

“Let’s make sure we don’t have a tax system that is unfairly weighted,” Mr Bason adds.

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