How can we ensure that tax evaders and aggressive tax avoiders do not profit from taxpayer-funded public procurement contracts?

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Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, James Gray, recently asked Parliament what steps the UK Government was taking in its procurement policy to tackle aggressive tax avoidance by government suppliers.[1] A reasonable question: why should tax dodgers profit from contracts funded by taxpayers? The answer from the Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, was convoluted, but seemingly positive. He said: “The 2015 Public Contract Regulations implemented the latest EU Public Procurement Directive, and require public bodies to exclude suppliers from a procurement where the supplier has been found guilty of breaching its obligations in relation to payment of taxes…

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A summer of growth and change

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Busy, busy, busy The summer of 2017 was the busiest yet here at the Fair Tax Mark. Not only did we announce four new Fair Tax Mark certifications in the shape of The Eighth Day, Achilles Accounting, PIRC and Dulas; but, we progressed a host of re-certifications, including the Co-operative Group, Unicorn Grocery, Scotmid, Staffline, Marshalls, Radstock and Unlimited Potential. It’s a source of great pride to us that every business that has secured Fair Tax Mark accreditation has returned and pursued re-certification afresh the following year. Which goes some way to explaining why we are seeing so much interest…

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