So, the Murphmonster tells us that Amazon is in fact paying tax, is in fact paying more tax than would be due under his favourite system of unitary taxation. I then spread this good news and urge him to tell others, like for example Margaret, Lady Hodge. You know, all those people labouring under the misapprehension that Amazon is somehow tax dodging.
This makes Ritchie very angry:
As for the rest, it’s just straightforwardly untrue and a total misrepresentation of anything I have said both today and previously, all of which I stand by. Forbes really should take care when publishing blatant misrepresentations of the truth, including (but not limited to) the suggestion that I am the UK’s leading tax expert, which I simply do not and never would remotely agree with.
I can assure you that Tim Worstall will never appear anywhere on this blog again. Not only is he a lousy economist he simply cannot tell the truth. In combination that is enough to resolve the issue for good.
The thing is, he really did say that Amazon was paying tax and they really are paying more than they would do under unitary taxation. So he was correct when he said that they were not tax avoiding.
And if they’re not then he really should be telling people that, shouldn’t he?