Re: Taking a cut?
VAT is paid by the customer, this new tax is supposed to be paid by the company
Companies, being a very convenient legal fiction, cannot pay a tax, only people pay tax. If you increase company taxation, the only thing that can happen is that they charge their customers more, pay their suppliers (which includes staff) less, or reduce profits (which affects their owners, mainly pensions funds and other investment vehicles). To state this is not to make a political point - it follows directly from the definitions of these terms and the associativity of arithmetic.
Sorry to break it to you, but there is no magic money tree.
Amazon's primary 'accounting trick' to reduce their profits is to reinvest them into their business. This is usually considered a good thing, which is one reason why corporate taxes are levied on profit.