Jeremy Corbyn MP has agreed to host a meeting in the House of Commons on “Tax, Poverty and The Global Elite.”
For this meeting we would like to look a global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network.
At the same time there is growing evidence that poverty is increasing and that the gap between to richest and poorest segments of society is growing. What should be done and what can be? Speaking at this meeting will be,
Jeremy Corbyn MP has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983. Recently together with Caroline Lucas MP, he tabled an Early Day Motion on the General anti-tax avoidance principle, which called on the government to legislate for a principle that any financial arrangements made by a company or individual should not have as their primary purpose the avoidance of tax.
John Christensen, director of the International Secretariat of the Tax Justice Network. TJN is an independent organisation launched in the British Houses of Parliament in March 2003. It is dedicated to high-level research, analysis and advocacy in the field of tax and regulation. They work to map, analyse and explain the role of taxation and the harmful impacts of tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens. Their objective is to encourage reform at the global and national levels. They are not aligned to any political party.
Prem Sikka is professor of accounting, Essex Business School. Few in the accounting world don’t have a view on Prem Sikka. The outspoken professor of accounting is a voice of dissent within the profession, and routinely rages against perceived injustices. But his blog, on The Guardian’s website, reaches an audience seldom addressed by traditional accounting media – the general public. Read some of his comments at
Auditors must be held to account here .. and
Squeezing ordinary people's finances always leads to disaster here … and
Three years after UK’s banking crisis, will reforms deliver here ..
At this meeting we hope to look at how imperative it is that the UK's political and business culture changes so that rich individuals and corporations treat tax avoidance as taboo. It is also crucial that the culture at HMRC changes so that it clamps down on tax avoidance. If this were the norm, then could the UK raise sufficient income to protect the services currently under threat from cuts, set an international standard for tax justice, and make progress towards achieving equality in the UK and around the world.
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