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Richer Sounds - one of the Fair Tax Mark accredited high street retailers

Can you avoid the tax avoiders?

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Tax avoidance; a huge issue that’s not going away. Tax matters. It helps to fund vital public services, and when paid fairly, ensures a level playing field for businesses large and small. Our research found that seven in ten of the public would rather shop (69%), or work for a business (70%) which can prove it’s paying its fair share of tax; and three quarters (74%) supported a call for all companies of all sizes to publicly disclose the taxes they pay in the UK. Yet despite these sentiments, the growing market worth of the most notorious tax avoiders show…

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

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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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BCC polling shows support for tax compliance

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Polling released by the British Chambers of Commerce yesterday indicates that many businesses want more support to be tax compliant. We welcome and echo the call from the BCC for extra investment in both HMRC’s crackdown on tax avoidance and tools to enable easier compliance by business. Numerous companies seek to do the right thing and are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax. Like most of the public, they find it distasteful that less scrupulous competitors are trying to steal a march by not paying their due taxes. Responsible tax planning is a matter for business big…

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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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Q&A with Fresh Eyes – People to People travel

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We talk to Fresh Eyes – People to People Travel about their Fair Tax Mark Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? Fresh Eyes – People to People Travel is committed to just, fair and responsible travel that is transparent and accountable. Fresh Eyes believes that it is essential for travellers, tour operators, host communities and suppliers, to know who pays what and receives what, throughout the supply chain. This is an essential foundation to fairer and more sustainable travel.   Fresh Eyes operates a Just Price policy and works directly with local producers and suppliers to build fair,…

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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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Why Richer Sounds cares about fair tax

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Richer Sounds, the award-winning high street retailer, is Fair Tax Mark accredited. Here, they explain why they care about fair tax. Why did Richer Sounds apply for the Fair Tax Mark? Unlike certain internet giants (and others), Richer Sounds is a British company, paying British taxes, proud to be supporting the British economy and high street (with a warehouse in Manchester, not in Jersey or Luxembourg). At Richer Sounds, we believe that our company has several areas of responsibility. We are determined to provide our colleagues with secure, well-paid jobs in a stimulating equal opportunities environment, which includes banning zero…

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In January 2016, in partnership with Christian Aid, we launched the Sourced campaign … and we won!

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What’s the campaign about? Sourced is about using ‘sourcing’ processes – where local councils choose which businesses to use for goods and services – to encourage fair tax practices. What do local councils have to do with fair tax? Councils in England alone spend £45 billion a year buying goods and services from companies. They choose who gets the contracts, which means they’re a powerful force to encourage fair tax practices. They can tell businesses how they should behave – and make sure the money goes to those doing the right thing. That’s why, with the support of the Joffe…

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Q&A with Crunchers Edinburgh

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Crunchers Edinburgh is a Scottish accountancy practice specialising in small businesses. We talk to Director Hamish Sheppard about why they gained the Fair Tax Mark… What made you apply for the FTM? I think there’s a real groundswell of opinion away from businesses trying to get an artificially low tax bill, and instead, people are realising there’s a moral obligation to get their tax right. The Fair Tax Mark seemed like a positive solution to this, providing an incentive for companies who want to do the right thing. I heard about the Mark through Crunchers South London which accredited a couple…

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Q&A with Unicorn Grocery

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Unicorn Grocery is Manchester’s foremost co-operative grocery business, selling a wide range of affordable, fresh and wholesome food. They were named the Soil Association’s Best Independent Retailer of 2016 and are proud to have added the Fair Tax Mark to their awards. On why they applied for the Fair Tax Mark We applied for the Mark because we are committed to paying our fair share of tax. It feels quite strange applying to be accredited for something that’s so obviously the right and honest thing to do, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean it always happens. We hope that in the…

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