Starbucks, Google and Amazon: they’re all at it. These super rich big businesses were recently dragged up in front of MPs and exposed for using tax havens and other scams to pay little or no corporation tax.
- Occupy Starbucks and smell the hypocrisy
- The ‘immoral’ tax avoiders: Amazon, Starbucks and Google lashed by MPs over elaborate schemes that deprive Britain of millions
- Google to pay just £6m UK tax on £395m turnover
- Starbucks stands accused not only of serving rubbish coffee but dodging tax
There’s big talk from our politicians but not much action. Google even recently admitted “We could pay more tax but we would have to do so voluntarily”.
- A scheme designed to net trillions from global tax havens is being scuppered
- Osborne needs to hang his head in shame for the help he’s giving to tax evaders
But together we have the numbers, track record and imagination to tackle tax dodging and win. And it’s the perfect time to work together to take it on. It’s all over the news and lots of people seem to want real change. These are the best ingredients for a great 38 Degrees campaign.
We’ve got the right moment – but we need the right next move to force a change. 38 Degrees members have voted time and time again to prioritise tackling tax-dodging. Can you fill out a few questions to decide together what we do next to tackle tax dodging?
Businesses based in the UK aren’t playing on a level playing field. From our local bookshops, right up to big names like John Lewis they’re being undercut and put out of business by tax dodgers. Something needs to change.
Alongside this, scores of high profile business people and celebrities have been dodging tax on their incomes. Our public services are being cut and we’re being asked to tighten our belts whilst others are being let off scot free.
We’ve shown before that when we act together we can push corporations and politicians to do the right thing. We’ve taken on companies like McDonalds and embarrassed them into not dodging tax around the Olympics.
If we focus our people powered movement on the right next move – we could force the change we need to see. It takes a couple of minutes to fill out the survey.
And please do not forget to join the occupation of Starbucks on 8 December 2012. If there is no action organised near you then organise one.