Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Petition Her Majesty's Treasury on Tax Justice

Caroline Lucas, the indefatigable Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, has launched an e-petition to Her Majesty's government on tax justice. The petition is copied in full below. You can sign up here (well what are you waiting for? do it now!)


Responsible department: Her Majesty's Treasury

We applaud campaigns by trade unions, church groups, and civil society demanding tax justice and join them in calling on the Government to take action to identify those avoiding and evading tax. Firstly, the Chancellor should force all multinational companies filing accounts in the UK to reveal their use of tax havens and publish what profits they earn and what tax they pay in each country in which they operate, without exception. Secondly, banks should be required by law to give details of all accounts they maintain for companies operating in the UK so HMRC and Companies House can chase any companies who pretend to be dormant to evade tax. These two simple changes could help recover billions of pounds of lost tax for the UK by revealing those hiding their income from view.


Blogger James said...

There is a problem: the petition indicated that there was a closing date of Tuesday. I've signed... but whether it will count for anything is unclear.

11:12 pm  
Anonymous Mark Northfield said...

No, E-petitions last for a year. The end date is in October 2012! :)

4:29 am  

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