Amazon Gets Massive Tax Breaks, While Many Amazon Employees Are On Food Stamps

While Amazon benefits from corporate tax breaks, many of the online retailer’s employees are surviving on the U.S. government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.

The Intercept reports: 

[N]ew data suggests that one in three of the company’s own employees depend on SNAP to put food on the table.

In Pennsylvania and Ohio, the figure appears to be around one in 10. Overall, of five states that responded to a public records request for a list of their top employers of SNAP recipients, Amazon cracked the top 20 in four.

Amazon, which is the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, is poised to profit from food stamps because it will start accepting SNAP orders later this year when the $70 billion government program goes online.

(Source: The Intercept, Scott Lewis/Flickr)

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