New day of action against tax avoiders planned

Anti-cuts activists UK Uncut are to hold a day of action against tax avoiders on January 30th, as False Economy launches a poll of the "top ten tax shirkers".

Anti-cuts activists UK Uncut are to hold a day of action against tax avoiders at the end of the month – timed to take place the day before the January 31st deadline for self-assessment. The action comes as the False Economy website, together with the Tax Justice Network, launch an online poll of the “top ten tax shirkers”.

UK Uncut say:

“The government will fine ordinary people who miss the deadline for self-assessment tax returns, due on the day after the protests, whilst companies are avoiding tax…

“People around the country will be encouraged to target as many tax avoiding companies as possible, as creatively as possible. Previous actions have included a ‘read-in’ in Vodafone, confronting cuts to libraries and a ‘sports day’ in Top Shop highlighting cuts to schools sports programmes.

“The group is well-known for its use of social media tools, such as twitter, and are planning training sessions over twitter in non-violent direct action techniques, as well as legal information, and online brainstorms for tactics and targets that people feel ‘have got away with it lightly so far’.”

While a spokesperson for UK Uncut told Left Foot Forward:

“We hope this is the biggest day of action yet. There is huge public discontent at the cuts. We will use a diverse range of tactics, hoping to make it much more involved, asking more of local groups and building up a network

“We’ll be going after tax avoiders – who employ armies of lawyers legal loopholes and dodge billions – while ordinary people have to fill in their returns under threat of a fine.”

The top ten tax shirkers in the False Economy poll are:

Barclays

Boots

Google

George Osborne

HM Revenue and Customs

HMV

KPMG

Philip Green/Arcadia

SAB Miller

Vodafone

Last week, Left Foot Forward revealed that the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph had pulled 38 Degrees’s anti-tax dodging advert (see above) – despite having agreed prices with the group. The ad featured George Osborne and asked:

“Is George Osborne the dodgiest dodger of them all?”

In October, we reported that he was one of three cabinet ministers accused avoiding millions of pounds in tax, alongside international development secretary Andrew Mitchell and transport secretary Philip Hammond. Channel Four’s Dispatches revealed how the Chancellor’s family has set up offshore trusts, one of the most common ways for the super rich to avoid paying inheritance tax, and that, put simply, there will be no inheritance tax to pay on the death of his father – a saving of up to £1.6m.

20 Responses to “New day of action against tax avoiders planned”

  1. Nicola Smith

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  2. Tory Radio

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  3. Nottinghamshire TUC

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  4. JamieSW

    RT @leftfootfwd: New day of action against tax avoiders planned: http://bit.ly/ifqcl4 reports @ShamikDas #UKuncut @UKuncut @38_Degrees

  5. LocaliseWestMidlands

    RT @leftfootfwd: New day of action against tax avoiders planned: http://bit.ly/ifqcl4 reports @ShamikDas #UKuncut @UKuncut @38_Degrees

  6. Éoin Clarke

    Guys,

    Could someone explain to me why HMRC are on the list of tax dodgers?

  7. Extradition Game

    RT @leftfootfwd: New day of action against tax avoiders planned: http://bit.ly/ifqcl4 reports @ShamikDas #UKuncut @UKuncut @38_Degrees

  8. Shamik Das

    Hi Éoin – see here for an explanation: http://falseeconomy.org.uk/tax/hmrc

    Cheers,

    Shamik

  9. Sergio Felipe

    RT @leftfootfwd: New day of action against tax avoiders planned: http://bit.ly/ifqcl4 reports @ShamikDas #UKuncut @UKuncut @38_Degrees

  10. Éoin Clarke

    Shamik,

    Thanks 🙂

    Ahhh… I see, gross negligence is a punishable offence in the courts, I am surprised no one has considered this route… it might not be successful but it would gain a lot of attention..

  11. Andy Bean

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  12. False Economy

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  13. Curious Questioner

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  14. Evan Price

    The claims in the 38 Degrees advertisement are, in my view, misleading and dishonest. The claim is that George Osborne ‘(he)’s also dodging £1.6 million in tax himself’. What is said to have been done by George Osborne to dodge tax? The answer appears to be nothing, the complaint is about his father. Since when do we visit the perceived sins of the father on his children? And that’s before we start considering the other reliefs that would be available to father in respect of the business that he founded.

  15. Colin

    Interesting to see a Labour-supporting website endorsing the ‘direct action’ tactics of UK Uncut. Will Ed Miliband support this turn towards intimidation, obstruction and vandalism, all advocated on the UK Uncut website?

    Alternative government or law-breaking protest party? You can’t be both.

  16. L DTUC

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  17. Sara Teresa

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  18. Dave

    Colin, this site supports ideas often shared by the Labour party, the Labour party was not set up to support the website. I have not seen any vandalism from UK Uncut, unlike the billions of pounds worth of damage being done to education, the police, health, council services and defence. If you can’t tell the difference between a national political party and a group of concerned citizens protesting against the vandalism being done to their communities you really are a twat.

  19. Daniel Pitt

    RT @leftfootfwd: New day of action against tax avoiders planned: http://bit.ly/ifqcl4 reports @ShamikDas #UKuncut @UKuncut @38_Degrees

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