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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. 

ActionAid, Oxfam and Christian Aid turned London’s iconic Trafalgar Square into an interactive, tropical tax haven to increase pressure on world leaders to clamp down on tax dodging at the anti corruption summit in May 2016

Late last night news broke of another massive tax haven leak, this time from the Bahamas. Developing countries lose billions every year to corporate tax avoidance, money that could be spent on fighting poverty.

12-year-old Sopheak (left), hugs her best friend Yain, in Cambodia.

Equality. Solidarity. Tolerance. I think that most of us, if asked, would say that we want to live in a society characterised by these values. But these words only become values if we’re prepared to live them, promote them and defend them, especially at times like these.

Alba, 8 (right) and Marleni, 8 (left), are sponsored children in Guatemala.

Now, more than ever, we need to stand up

Posted in Blogs 2 years 6 months ago

However you voted last Thursday, events since the UK referendum results were announced have been tumultuous and shocking to say the least. Political resignations and in-fighting, the worrying rise of post-referendum racism, turmoil in the markets, and a country that seems to be pitted against itself, fractured along lines of geography, age and beliefs.

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.