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Fair Tax Councils double since start of the year

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Right across the UK, local support for fair tax has surged this year. More than 18,000 emails have been sent by residents to local councillors in every UK local authority, asking them to back fair tax practices. The campaign called on councils to pass a motion in support of our Councils for Fair Tax Declaration. Since the start of the year, the number of Fair Tax Councils has more than doubled to 40. The latest councils to come on board are Derbyshire Dales, London councils Barnet and Hammersmith & Fulham. Support spans the whole of the UK from Edinburgh to…

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Third Sector Accountancy gains the Fair Tax Mark

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Third Sector Accountancy has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. Third Sector is a UK firm of Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors offering accountancy services primarily to those within the not-for-profit and co-operative sector. Formed in 2017, they are a worker co-operative with the primary purpose to support and encourage positive social change through financial services. “It’s great to see a growing number of accountancy firms making a commitment to responsible tax conduct by becoming Fair Tax Mark accredited. As part of the accreditation process, Third Sector Accountancy have published their…

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UK accountancy firm The Numbercrunchers gains the Fair Tax Mark

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The Numbercrunchers has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. The Numbercunchers is a UK accountancy firm producing unaudited accounts for limited companies, sole traders, partnerships and social enterprises. They offer general tax advice for sole traders & small business including preparation and filing of self-assessment, VAT and corporation tax returns. “As a qualified accountant myself, it’s great to see an accountancy firm like The Numbercrunchers joining the growing list of Fair Tax Mark accredited businesses. As part of the accreditation process, the company have published their first Fair Tax Mark Statement….

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Software solutions business Viva IT secures the Fair Tax Mark

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Viva IT has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses that have achieved the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. Viva IT is a software development company creating bespoke software solutions, as well as Apollo Launchpad, their next generation platform for fintechs, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), credit unions and other financial organisations. “We’re delighted that Viva IT has secured the Fair Tax Mark for the first time. As part of the accreditation process, Viva IT has published a Fair Tax Mark Statement, which includes a Tax Policy explicitly shunning the…

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Fair Tax Councils takes off big time

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In just one month, four councils representing major cities and towns across the UK from Scotland to the South of England have signed up to our Councils for Fair Tax Declaration. South Lanarkshire, Preston, Reading and Southwark are the latest to stand up for responsible tax conduct, with 24 local authorities now on board. Public demand It comes on the back of a wave of action from local residents, who have sent over 15,000 emails to councillors asking them to back fair tax via an easy-to-use new campaign tool launched with our friends at Tax Justice UK. This public demand…

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South Lanarkshire is second Scottish council standing up for responsible tax conduct

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South Lanarkshire Council joins a growing movement of towns, cities and districts standing up for responsible tax conduct. Council leaders have agreed to approve the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, making South Lanarkshire the 21st local council in the UK and second in Scotland to stand up for responsible tax conduct. The announcement comes during Fair Tax Week, the UK-wide recognition of the companies and councils that are proud to promote responsible tax conduct. Cllr Joe Fagan, South Lanarkshire Council, said: “I am pleased that my colleagues agreed to support this motion today. “As a council, we will also promote…

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Royal Yachting Association secures Fair Tax Mark for the first time

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The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. The RYA is the UK’s governing body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft, and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising. They represent the rights and freedoms of recreational boaters, provide world-leading training, grow and broaden participation in boating and make boating accessible to all. They also support the British Sailing Team, the most successful Olympic sailing team of all time. “We are…

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The Watches of Switzerland Group makes time for the Fair Tax Mark

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The Watches of Switzerland Group has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, and joins the growing movement of businesses that have achieved the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. A FTSE 250-listed company, The Watches of Switzerland Group is the UK’s largest luxury watch retailer operating in both the UK and US. The Group comprises of five prestigious brands; Watches of Switzerland, Mappin & Webb, Goldsmiths, Mayors and Betteridge. Mappin & Webb holds Royal warrants as goldsmiths, silversmiths and jeweller to Her Majesty The Queen and silversmiths to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The Group has…

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Catching up with…Tony Beddows at Friendly Soap

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Friendly Soap, an enterprise using ancient methods to create no-waste, biodegradable and free-from soap products, first secured the Fair Tax Mark three years ago. We spoke to Tony Beddows, who leads Friendly Soap’s marketing, about their accreditation and what motivates them to get the Fair Tax Mark each year.   In what ways has the Fair Tax Mark affected customer perception of Friendly Soap? At Friendly Soap we believe that a truly ethical business will have nothing to hide. From proudly displaying product ingredients, to publishing our financial data, full disclosure and transparency is something that we’ve always embraced. How did you…

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Five minutes with Graham Drummond, Head of Communications

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What do you enjoy most about working at the Fair Tax Foundation?  It’s important to me that my work contributes towards a positive change. I find great satisfaction in working with, and promoting, the businesses that have gained the Fair Tax Mark. They’ve accomplished something tangible and real – an independent accreditation that allows them to show their stakeholders that they’re doing the right thing on tax. Celebrating that with them is immensely rewarding. Corporation tax contributes to positive social and economic impact, and the diverse range of certified companies our team has the pleasure of working with know that…

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