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 8 in 10 British people want the next government to tackle tax avoidance.

Corporate tax avoidance - big companies artificially lowering their tax bills - deprives the world’s poorest countries of the money they need to tackle poverty. With campaigning for the General Election in full swing, tax dodging is shaping up to be a key issue. New ActionAid research has revealed that more than 8 in 10 of people in the UK want to see the next UK government clamp down on tax havens and corporate tax avoidance.

The Conservative Party Conference is an opportunity for Theresa May to follow up on her commitments to tackling tax dodging.

In April 2016 the Panama Papers broke open the secret world of tax havens. The leak of 11.5 million files from the law firm Mossack Fonseca gave the world a look into nearly fifty years of the relationship between tax, tax dodging and tropical tax havens. That scandal has been followed by controversy over Apple’s tiny tax bill and a leak of more than a million tax haven files from the Bahamas. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has rightly called for a crackdown on tax dodging. Ahead of the Conservative Party Conference we look at what she can do to deliver on that call. 

Chrissy Mgemezulu shows her VAT tax receipt at her market stall in Lilongwe.

Though complicated, taxes are a key building block of society. When tax works, it pays for roads, schools, hospitals and much more. But when they aren't paid there is a real human impact with the world's poorest women and children paying the price for the lack of public services. Read on to hear from people affected by tax dodging, and what we can do to stop this.

Tax is a building block of society and pays for essential public services that people living in poverty so badly need.

Making tax fair one treaty at a time

Posted in Blogs 2 years 7 months ago

From launching the campaign for a fair UK-Malawi tax treaty to some exciting developments from our colleagues campaigning in Zambia and Ireland, it's been a busy few months for our Make Tax Fair campaign. Lots of progress has been made, but there's still a way to go yet. Read on to find out about the great news from Ireland and Zambia and how you can get more involved in our campaign. 

The UK has unfair tax treaties with 13 developing countries.

Using our analysis of more than 500 tax treaties, ActionAid's new report, 'Mistreated', shows how these agreements negatively affect a developing country's ability to tax the profits from foreign owned companies who operate within their borders. Along with Italy, the UK has 13 of them! Here we take a look at what the research shows, as well as what this means for countries that are bound by them.

Chisomo Bullah, 22, standing in front of messages of solidarity to Malawi at ActionAid's campaigner conference 'Global Activism: Standing Together.'

Meet three amazing campaigners from ActionAid’s youth network, Activista, who are working on our Make Tax Fair campaign in Malawi. They’re pretty angry about the UK-Malawi tax treaty, which makes it possible for UK companies to get away with paying little or no tax in their country, and are fighting hard to get it changed.