In a letter to the chief executives of six online retailers, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said the Government favoured “an approach which aims to ensure common principles apply to all businesses whether operating online, from physical premises or with a combination”.
The letter is a response to the bosses of Ocado, N Brown, Shop Direct, Boden, Appliances Online and notonthehighstreet.com, who wrote to the Treasury last month warning that an online sales tax would damage a flourishing sector in the UK and hamper job creation.
Business rates are a tax upon the use of land. If you\’re not using land why should you be paying business rates? And why should you have to pay another tax just because you\’re not using land?