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Amazon's core tech worth depends on which taxman asks

In Europe, Amazon tells authorities the intellectual property behind its Web shopping platform is very valuable, justifying the billions in tax-free revenue it has collected there. In the US, however, it plays down the value of those same assets to explain why it pays so little in taxes for licensing them.


JEFF BEZOS'S relentless focus on user experience has helped him make Amazon the most valuable e-commerce company in the world. But regulators in Europe and the US say that the value Amazon places on the technology behind that experience varies radically depending on which side of