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Paul Monaghan

Fair Tax Mark’s 2019, and what’s next in 2020

Blogs, News

2019, another year of strong growth and innovation The Fair Tax Mark realised a number of landmarks in 2019, making it our most impactful year yet. A big thank you to all those in business and civil society who have done so much to help us grow our collective influence and reach. The number of Fair Tax certified businesses passed the ’50’ milestone in March, with the year seeing new certifications for FTSE-listed plcs (United Utilities,  Severn Trent and Eurocell), social enterprises (Suma Wholefoods, Southern Co-op, Community Leisure UK, Energy4All and VME Retail) and a range of private enterprises (Affinity…

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Tax gap of Silicon Six over $100 billion so far this decade

News

The Fair Tax Mark will later this week release a new report, The Silicon Six and their $100 billion global tax gap, which examines the tax conduct of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft over the last decade. The report questions whether the companies, collectively referred to as the ‘Silicon Six’, are paying their way on tax. Together they have a combined market capitalization of $4.5 trillion and are worth more than the 1,000 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. The report finds that there is a significant difference between the cash taxes paid and both the expected headline…

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Fair Tax Mark to go international

News

Research funding from Luminate to enable Fair Tax Mark to explore what ‘Fair Tax’ looks like outside the UK, and the scope for new standards that would enable businesses across the globe to be certified for the first time The Fair Tax Mark is growing robustly in the UK. More than fifty businesses have now been certified, with half of those advancing in the past eighteen months. They include FTSE-listed plcs, co-operatives, social enterprises and large private business – who between them have income of £50bn and over 7,000 offices and outlets. Supporting initiatives such as Fair Tax Week and…

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Church groups assert ‘Tax Justice’ as a tenet of faith on Tax Justice Sunday

News

Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) is calling on people of every faith to come together and call on responsible businesses to ‘say what they pay with pride’, on Sunday 7 July 2019, Tax Justice Sunday, as a counter movement to initiatives like ‘Tax Freedom Day’ promoted by the Adam Smith Institute. The call comes as part of Fair Tax Week, and follows new polling conducted by ICM that has shown record levels of concern among the public about the use of tax avoidance practices by business in the UK. Over three quarters of people would rather shop with (77%)…

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Renewable energy generator Energy4All makes Fair Tax Mark commitment on International Day of Cooperatives

News

Energy4All has today, Saturday 6th July 2019, International Day of Cooperatives and the first day of Fair Tax Week, been certified as a Fair Tax Mark business. Energy4All is a leading organisation in the development and delivery of community renewable energy schemes across the UK; helping people to benefit from clean, green energy they generate from wind, solar and hydro projects in their local area. Energy4All works with 25 local community energy co-operatives. Energy4All supports communities to develop innovative renewable energy projects, raise the funds those projects need to go forward, provide high-quality project managers to support the construction process and finally…

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“Good” tax conduct needs to be an integral consideration of Government supply contracts

Blogs, News

This week, GMB Union has released research which calculates that Amazon has won £460million of public procurement contracts in the past four years. This is the same Amazon that the European Commission has recently ordered Luxembourg to recover unpaid taxes worth €250 million from, saying the country had granted Amazon’s European arm “undue tax benefit” by allowing it to shift profits to a tax-exempt shell company. Understandably, this led Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Andrew Mitchell MP – key leaders of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Tax – to call for the UK Government to deprive such companies of…

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Accreditation Manager

News

We’re on the hunt for a Fair Tax Mark Accreditation Manager to assess and advise our rapidly growing portfolio of business clients Note: the role has been reviewed since it was orginally posted in February 2019. With the salary range increasing to £32-35K and the person specfications now requiring a ‘qualified accountant or tax professional. Or, significant equivalent practice and experience.’ Application process: CV and covering letter to be submitted by Friday, 18th April, via info@fairtaxmark.net Should demonstrate how applicants’ skills and experience make them suitable for the role and link back to the responsibilities and personal specifications set out…

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Accreditation Manager

News

We’re on the hunt for a Fair Tax Mark Accreditation Manager to assess and advise our rapidly growing portfolio of business clients   Application process: CV and covering letter to be submitted by Friday, 22nd March, via info@fairtaxmark.net Should demonstrate how applicants’ skills and experience make them suitable for the role and link back to the responsibilities and personal specifications set out in the role description. Interviews planned for w/c 1st April. About the Fair Tax Mark The Fair Tax Mark certification scheme was launched in February 2014 and seeks to encourage and recognise organisations that pay the right amount…

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Fair Tax Fortnight 2018 – celebration of responsible tax is warmly received right across UK

Blogs

The UK’s first ever Fair Tax Fortnight (June 9-24) set out to celebrate those companies and organisations that are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax, and to explore the positive contribution this makes to society. I’m delighted to say that it did this and then some. As you might expect, Fair Tax Mark certified organisations where at the forefront of events. Dozens of business (big and small) gathered at the opening conference on June 7th; which was kindly sponsored by SSE plc, with key contributions from the Co-op, Marshalls, Combat Pest Control and Ethical Consumer. Elsewhere, Fair Tax…

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Timpson Group gain Fair Tax Mark at opening of Fair Tax Fortnight

News

The Fair Tax Mark is delighted to announce that the Timpson Group (which includes high street businesses Timpson, Johnsons the Cleaners, Snappy Snaps and Max Spielmann), has been accredited with the Fair Tax Mark, demonstrating their commitment to paying the right amount of tax, at the right time and in the right place. The accreditation comes at the opening of the UK’s first ever Fair Tax Fortnight, and alongside the release of new research about the public’s attitude to tax and good corporate conduct. Polling* commissioned by the Fair Tax Mark has found that seven in ten of the public…

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