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Tax dodging: Christmas shopping guide

December 7th, 2012 by

Thousands of 38 Degrees members have voted and over 95% of us agreed - tackling tax dodging should be a major focus for 38 Degrees over the next few months. And our main aim: target individual dodgers, but make sure the government fixes our broken tax system.

With the big Christmas shopping rush getting fully underway, some of the biggest tax dodgers are set to make a fortune in the next few weeks. So as a first step we’ve made a guide of tax-dodging brands to avoid when buying presents this year. These businesses rely on their brand name to make them millions, so let’s make sure everyone is aware of the tax dodging tricks they use.

When 38 Degrees members challenged McDonalds, Coca Cola, Adidas and others, we saw the biggest brands in the world instantly respond to being embarrassed in public over their Olympic tax affairs. As a result of 38 Degrees members’ pressure, all the Olympic sponsors agreed not to dodge their tax at the games.

From local record shops right up to the big names like John Lewis, British businesses are being undercut by their tax dodging rivals. George Osborne’s making all the right noises to tackle tax dodging, but his track record tells another story. And today in parliament, he admitted that the economy isn’t meeting the targets he set for recovering from a recession.

By keeping the tax dodging companies in the public eye we’ll make sure that government are forced to offer real solutions to the problem, and not just try to sweep it under the carpet.

Click here for a Guide to Spotting Tax Dodgers with links to newspaper articles on each dodger. Share the posters and website far and wide

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  • Tony Tucker, Edinburgh

    I am not sure that I entirely agree with the approach, or that tax-dodging is the first target …. the first campaign should be against the government which needs a) to stop spending our money with such abandon — government spending is still rising alarmingly, b) thereby to reduce its rapacious demands on the taxpayer and c) to simplify an over-complicated tax system … lower taxation reduces the incentive to “avoid”, which in itself is a perfectly legitimate exercise. In 9 cases out of 10, less tax means more revenue …. more of their own money in their pockets and people spend, businesses invest and the economy moves. Shimples (as the meercat would say) … what do others think?

  • chrisandrea

    Given the lack of integrity and morals demonstrated by numerous corporations (coupled with their legal obligation to maximise profits for their shareholders) unfair tax avoidance will continue unless the businesses concerned see that it is not beneficial for them.

    There are things which a brave (not our ‘in it for themselves’) government could do to ensure fairness but, in the absence of effective action, if consumers didn’t support the tax-dodging corporations then they would soon mend their ways.

    The list of tax dodgers enables people to have a positive impact on tax dodgers although, unfortunately, there will be collateral damage for, for example, honest and hard-working franchisees who are paying their taxes in full and are probably as aggrieved as anyone about Starbucks Plc and other such tax avoiders.

    I would like to see the tax-dodgers list maintained and expanded to include the likes of the reputedly tax-dodging Philip Green (BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Topman, Topshop and Wallis).

  • http://twitter.com/ani_goes_tweet Anne Marie Jackson

    In view of today’s statement by Google chairman Eric Schmidt (“I’m very proud ofour tax avoidance scheme”) I am changing my default search engine, etc. No way am I going to support a company that believes in unfettered capitalism. Capitalism is like a virus: a little bit can do good, but all-out capitalism is deadly. See the Independent article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/google-boss-im-very-proud-of-our-tax-avoidance-scheme-8411974.html

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