Amazon announced it will increase fees for Spanish companies using its platform after a new "Google" tax went into effect in the country on Jan. 21. The move comes as several major governments look to tax large internet companies and curb their growing influence.
- Amazon has repeatedly supported a "global approach" as opposed to individual governments imposing taxes.
- The U.K., France, and Italy have already implemented digital taxes. Other tech giants such as Apple and Google have raised fees to pass along the costs.
In the U.S.:
- CNBC reports Amazon could face pressure from the Biden administration over issues such as antitrust, labor practices, and union rights for its warehouse workers.
- Amazon has long opposed unions, however, warehouse workers in Alabama will hold an election on Feb. 8. This is the first Amazon union election in the U.S. since 2014.
- Amazon spent nearly $18M on federal lobbying in 2020, a 19% increase YoY.