"Today he called my main rivals in the store (you know who they are!) Call our minimum wage $ 15 an hourly increase," said Jeff Bezos, the chief of Amazon, the second largest private entrepreneur in America.
"Forward! Or better yet, go up to $ 16 and pull the sleeve," he wrote to the shareholders in the letter, adding: "It's a form of competition that benefits everyone."
The Amazon chief has assumed that the company itself has become the industry leader in paying a low employment in the United States last year when the minimum wage for all workers, including the $ 15 season, has increased since November. However, Amazon previously faced severe criticisms due to low wages, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders.
"It is absurd that taxpayers have to subsidize the richest man in the Earth, although many of their workers had such low salaries that they had to depend on food charges," said Sanders last year, and then Amazon praised the increase of salaries
Bezos now tried to take advantage of this in a tough competitive fight, where many opponents offer significantly lower earnings. The minimum wage in Walmart is $ 11 per hour, the Target chain has pledged to raise it to $ 15, but only since 2020.
How about paying the tax?
But one of the rivals now is equally poisonous when returning to a man whose assets, according to the calculation of Forbes magazine this year, amount to 131,000 million dollars (2.97 million dollars) and only 19,000 million last year.
"Hey, rivals in the store (do you know who I mean), what about paying taxes?", Vice President of Internal Affairs of Walmart, Dan Bartlett, who had previously acted as advisor to the president of the administration of former President George W. Bush.
He recalled the difficult point of the Amazon retail giant, which, according to previously published information in 2017 and 2018, did not bring any income taxes in the federal budget due to various tax faults. The profit of last year was 11.2 million dollars.
Critics point out that Amazon uses skilful legislative holes, tax breaks and exceptions to minimize their fiscal burden.
In February, the Institute for Economic and Tax Policy (ITEP) said that Amazon did not pay anything for corporate tax for the second year in a row. In addition, the fiscal burden of Amazon was reduced last year by a tax exemption law of 35 percent in 2017 to 21 percent.
"It's hard to see how they do it," ITEP CEO Steve Warmhoff said, watching Amazon's accounting strategy. Therefore, it is difficult to know what relief the company enjoys. He suggested that one of the tricks could be the interruption of the depreciation related to the new law. However, the retail shark already had a zero rate last year when it reported a profit of $ 5.6 million.
The company said it acts entirely within the law not only in the United States, but also in all other countries where it operates and also pays taxes. In other taxes, Amazon really contributed to the budget. (Amazon is invalidated. The second consecutive year will not pay the federal income tax)
In the past, President Donald Trump has criticized Amazon for not paying taxes in the past. At the same time, he promised that the fiscal reform he did would prevent these practices. However, this did not seem to happen.