You would have thought that having got around paying their own tax they would be able to do the same for their customers...

"The company disclosed the investigation in a filing with US financial regulators. It was alleged that the company recorded sales of more than £7.6bn in Britain over the past three years without paying corporation tax.

Amazon does not disclose how much tax it pays in Britain.

However, its main UK subsidiary, Amazon.co.uk, is regarded as a "service company" rather than a retailer.

That means that the British company provides services to a parent company based in Luxembourg, where the tax rate is lower, the Guardian said. "