Archbishop in attack on tax avoidance

The low level of tax being paid by online retailers like Amazon has been attacked by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in a speech to the Trades Union Congress annual conference. In it, he reflected as a former City of London oil company executive, who knew that "within limits, it's right and proper for people to arrange their tax affairs, and for companies to do so".

However, he added, there is "something wrong" with the tax system when "vast companies like Amazon, and other online traders, the new industries, can get away with paying almost nothing in tax". He emphasised, "If you earn money from a community, you should pay your share of tax to that community."

It is the second time this month that the Archbishop has been critical of the tax system. He was recently part of a panel that drafted a report for the Resolution Foundation calling for inheritance tax to be replaced by a lifetime gifts tax.