Posts Tagged ‘Tax Evasion’

Corporate tax dodging is father of austerity

by Michael Meacher.

Industrial scale tax evasion and avoidance is not only symptomatic of the insatiable greed of the hyper-rich and the over-mighty corporations, it also serves another purpose which is much less recognised. The touchstone of the neoliberal ideology is globalisation – let the markets be all-powerful and governments get out of the way. That is served […]

Building the tax justice consensus

by Richard Murphy.

For more than thirty years the politics of the UK and most other western democracies has been dominated by a notable and consistent adherence to a single consensus on tax issues. That persistent policy approach has been built around what has been described as the Washington Consensus. That agenda, which translated neoliberal thinking into policy prescriptions, […]

Make super-rich Brits pay their fair (very large) share

by Michael Meacher.

It’s remarkable that the hyper-rich in France (Bettencourt and others) and in the US (Warren Buffett and others) are now calling at a time of austerity that they should be taxed more. Not a peep however out of the hyper-rich in Britain. Yet they, more than any of such wealth anywhere else in the world […]

Osborne’s delusion over Swiss deal on tax evasion

by Michael Meacher.

You have to give it to Osborne: he can dress up a pig’s bladder and make it look like a silk glove. He’s just announced today that “stashing the profits of tax evasion in Switzerland is over”. It’s nothing of the kind. Switzerland is making a one-off deduction from all UK accounts held in Swiss […]

Some alternatives to the VAT rise

by Michael Meacher.

What a cheek!   Osborne asks if he didn’t increase VAT, what alternative is there to raising the £13bn for cutting the budget deficit – the usual Tory canard of TINA (there is no alternative).   What nonsense – there are plenty of alternatives, all of them preferable to hiking VAT which will hit the poorest hardest and will […]

Right-wing press veto tax dodging campaign

by Jon Lansman.

Two right-wing newspapers, the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph, have today refused to carry ads opposing tax dodging (shown left) placed by campaign 38 Degrees, on the pretext that they could be viewed as libellous. The ads have been nevertheless accepted by the Guardian and Independent, and now 38 Degrees plan to run them on bus shelters and […]

A manifesto to end tax cheating

by Jon Lansman.

Thanks in large part to UK Uncut, one of the most progressive developments of 2010 has been a new, widespread recognition of the true extent of tax cheating. Opposition to it has become a central plank of the anti-cuts campaign and finds a breadth of public support we should find reassuring. Since the last Labour […]

Britain gives up sovereignty to Switzerland and £40 billion to tax evaders

by Richard Murphy.

In a quite astonishing move it seems that the UK has announced it is to give up British tax sovereignty and has granted power to determine UK taxes to Switzerland instead. In the process, the UK is promoting tax evasion by its citizens, promoting Geneva and Zurich over London, abandoning its right to tax, abandoning its […]

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