‘How about paying your taxes?’—Walmart responds to Amazon’s challenge over pay

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·         Jeff Bezos issued a challenge to other retailers, not naming which ones specifically, to match Amazon’s pay and benefits.

·         Walmart’s executive vice president of corporate affairs, Dan Bartlett, then tweeted: “Hey retail competitors out there (you know who you are) how about paying your taxes?”

·         Walmart’s minimum wage of $11 an hour, set in January 2018, is still below Amazon’s, which was hiked to $15 in November.

 

Lauren Thomas, CNBC

Apr 11, 2019

 

Amazon and Walmart are in war over worker pay — and now corporate taxes.

 

After Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday issued a challenge to other retailers, not naming which ones specifically, to match Amazon’s pay and benefits, Walmart has responded, albeit quietly.

 

“Today I challenge our top retail competitors (you know who you are!) to match our employee benefits and our $15 minimum wage. Do it! Better yet, go to $16 and throw the gauntlet back at us. It’s a kind of competition that will benefit everyone,” Bezos wrote in his annual letter to shareholders.

 

Walmart’s executive vice president of corporate affairs, Dan Bartlett, then shared an article Thursday morning on Twitter about Amazon paying $0 in federal taxes on more than $11 billion in profits last year. He wrote: “Hey retail competitors out there (you know who you are) how about paying your taxes?”

 

The CEO of eBay, Devin Wenig, also snapped back at Amazon on Thursday, writing on Twitter: “I’ll dedicate my [shareholders] letter to customers, purpose and strategy.”   

 

A spokesperson for Amazon said in a statement to CNBC:

 

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