By G9ija

An investigation by the Mirror found Amazon UK Services had paid £61.7 million corporation tax in the UK in the last 20 years.

It also found the company had turned over £6.86 billion in the UK since 1998, but made £213 million profit – including five years of losses.

Marks & Spencer paid £65.4 million corporation tax last year, and £3.3 billion in the last two decades.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell accused the Conservatives of allowing multinational companies to ‘exploit’ communities.

He said: With our high streets struggling to survive and public services on their knees, it’s sickening that companies are still getting away with what appears to be aggressive tax-dodging.

The Tories have continued to allow multinational companies to exploit our communities by refusing to pay their fair share, denying towns and cities the investment they desperately need.

Labour will clamp down on tax avoidance and evasion, and implement our Tax Transparency and Enforcement Programme to build an economy that works for the many, not the few.

Debenhams had paid £303 million since 2005, while Tesco’s corporation tax bill last year was £176 million.

Tax campaigner Richard Murphy told the Mirror: Amazon is taking advantage of the international tax system to exploit the UK.

The UK and other countries let them. It’s time for countries to co-operate to eliminate this type of thing. But the UK is still objecting to many of the reforms.

An Amazon spokesman said the firm pays ‘all taxes required in the UK’ and every country where it operates.

He added: ‘In May 2015, to ensure we had the best business structure to serve our customers going forward, we established a local country branch of Amazon EU Sarl in the UK, with all retail revenues, expenses, profits and taxes due now accounted for in the UK.

Corporation tax is based on profits, not revenues, and our profits have remained low given retail is a highly-competitive, low margin business and our continued heavy investment.

The Mirror’s investigation comes after the tech giant reported a rise in revenue and profits for the last three months of 2018 in its latest set of financial results.

For the three months to December 31, the e-commerce firm said net sales were up by 20% on this time last year, rising from $60.5 billion (£46.1 billion) to $72.4 billion (£55.2 billion)

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