Morrisons boss ups retailer complaints over online sales tax

Dalton Philips, Morrisons' chief executive, has joined Sainsbury's and Topshop bosses in demanding an online sales tax to rebalance the disadvantage experienced by high-street retailers compared to online-only sellers.

Dalton Philips: chief executive of Morrisons
Dalton Philips: chief executive of Morrisons

Philips told the Telegraph: "We’re moving into the online space, so we’ll have to pay our contribution."

Morrisons is the UK’s fourth-biggest supermarket chain and in May, it announced a 25-year deal with internet grocer Ocado. Morrisons expects to launch its online grocery service by January 2014. 

Philips said: "As more and more sales migrate online, it seems to me intuitive that you would tax the online channels as well.

"As a country, we need to look at how we’re going to tax retailers in general wherever they operate, because we’ve all got to contribute to society, but one can’t be disadvantaged over the other."

His complaints about the lack of tax on online retailers follow those from Sainsbury’s boss Justin King and Topshop founder Sir Philip Green.

Last month King attacked the Government for creating an "unlevel playing field" between tax paid as part of high-street retailers’ business rates, which are based on property rents, and online only rivals such as Amazon.



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