Your actions have already helped put tax justice on the map of all the major UK political parties and hit the top of the international political agenda. Here’s how you did it.
September 2013: The G20 agrees major revision of tax rules for multinationals
- The world’s largest economies agree a plan to tackle ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ by multinational companies and the promise that developing countries will benefit too.
- The role that organisations like ActionAid played in getting this issue on the table is acknowledged.
June 2013: G8 action on tax havens
- The G8 agree measures to crack down on tax haven secrecy after we press David Cameron to show global leadership with the ‘Enough Food for Everyone…IF’ coalition in the UK.
- The UK government also agrees to make British linked tax havens clean up their act.
May 2013: Companies react after tax haven revelations
- Our research shows that 98 of the FTSE 100 are still using tax havens, but some companies are beginning to make progress.
- At its AGM, Lloyds Bank pledges to get rid of all its tax haven operations.
February 2013: Tax avoidance by Associated British Foods in Zambia exposed
- Working with colleagues in Zambia, we show how the owner of Silverspoon sugar is avoiding paying a fair share of tax.
- George Osborne responds, pledging action to deal with the issues we raised.
August 2012: MPs tell government to do more on tax
- After a year-long inquiry the International Development Select Committee affirms that tax is vital to tackling poverty and challenges the government to up its game.
Spring 2012: Tax loophole in the budget
- After the government announces that it will be making it easier for UK multinationals to shift profits out of poor countries and into tax havens, we pilled the pressure on MPs to close the loophole.
- Although we were unable to stop the changes going through, MPs from all parties spoke out and the impact of tax dodging on developing countries is firmly on the agenda.
November 2011: Tax progress at the G20
Thousands of campaigners asked their MPs to help close tax loopholes by putting pressure on the Chancellor ahead of the G20.
- Because we took action the government accepted for the first time that tax dodging damages developing countries
- At the G20 Bill Gates highlighted to world leaders the importance of developing tax revenues to enable less dependence on aid. The world’s second richest man is calling for tax justice!
- The G20 itself pledged to continue to crack down on tax havens, and agreed with us that more transparency was needed to help identity tax dodgers
December 2010: Tax dodging across Africa exposed
- We reveal for the first time exactly how a particular multinational company systematically dodges its taxes across Africa.
- African governments respond, with 21 countries agreeing a new treaty to help tackle tax dodging companies.
- Read the report 'Calling Time'
May 2010: The Tax Justice election
ActionAid supporters put tax justice on the map in over 400 constituencies during the general election.
- MPs from all the parties supported your calls for tax justice.
- We got the issues covered in all the main party manifestos.
- We could safely declare tax justice the big winner during this election!
September 2009: Outlandish progress
We form The Outlandish Revenue Service and grab the attention of Treasury Minister Stephen Timms.
April 2009: Tax havens in the frame after the financial crisis
35,000 people tell the G20 to put people first.
October 2008: Fill the gap
ActionAid supporters first ask Gordon Brown to fill the tax gap.
- He later agrees that tax havens siphon money out of developing countries. Tax justice is on the agenda.
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