Firms fear costs

Doubts spread over SNP’s Amazon tax plan

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A digital sales tax has been proposed

Business leaders fear SNP plans to introduce an online sales tax would be another blow to recovery hopes and may force some firms to leave the country.

The party has proposed a digital sales tax, a so-called “Amazon tax”, to help regenerate town centres.

It says a 2% levy could raise £200 million and help level the playing field between online retailers and high street shops.

The proposal was among the SNP’s commitments in last week’s election manifesto and could extend beyond retail into technology and tourism.

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