Japan demands 119 million dlrs in tax from Amazon: report

Jul 05, 2009

Japanese authorities told a sales affiliate of US retail giant Amazon.com to pay about 119 million dollars in tax for unreported income over a three-year period, a newspaper said Sunday.

Amazon Japan and Amazon Japan Logistics are responsible for operations here but the income has been reported in the United States by the company's Seattle-based affiliate -- Amazon.com International Sales, the Asahi Shimbun daily said.

The Tokyo tax bureau reportedly judged that the company should have paid tax in Japan for the income made in the country during the three years to 2005, the daily said.

Amazon has asked for the case to be negotiated between the Japanese and US tax authorities, saying the taxation was "inappropriate", the Asahi said.

Neither the tax authorities nor were immediately available for comment.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Birch Communications buying Cbeyond for $323M

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Web retailers, states tussle over tax rules

Jul 02, 2009

(AP) -- In a big break for online shoppers, Web retailers generally don't have to charge sales taxes in states where they lack a store or some other physical presence.

Recommended for you

TCS, Mitsubishi to create new Japan IT services firm

3 hours ago

India's biggest outsourcing firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Japan's Mitsubishi Corp said Monday they are teaming up to create a Japanese software services provider with annual revenues of $600 million.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba set to make a splash with US IPO

18 hours ago

The largest tech IPO of the year will come from a company that many Americans have never heard of. Alibaba Group - a Chinese e-commerce behemoth - has decided to go public in the U.S. after months of speculation that it would ...

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Apr 19, 2014

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Arikin
not rated yet Jul 06, 2009
Except for high demand books stocked in Japan. A lot of them are shipped directly from Amazon USA. So those can't be taxed in Japan right?

But did Amazon Japan purchase the stocked books from Amazon USA? Or only the ones that were actually sold? If they are just a logistic warehouse I would think that only the profit margin would be taxable.

More news stories

Students take clot-buster for a spin

(Phys.org) —In the hands of some Rice University senior engineering students, a fishing rod is more than what it seems. For them, it's a way to help destroy blood clots that threaten lives.

Finnish inventor rethinks design of the axe

(Phys.org) —Finnish inventor Heikki Kärnä is the man behind the Vipukirves Leveraxe, which is a precision tool for splitting firewood. He designed the tool to make the job easier and more efficient, with ...

First steps towards "Experimental Literature 2.0"

As part of a student's thesis, the Laboratory of Digital Humanities at EPFL has developed an application that aims at rearranging literary works by changing their chapter order. "The human simulation" a saga ...