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Say what you pay with pride

Fair Tax Week (6-14 July) is a UK-wide celebration of the companies and organisations that are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax, and an exploration of the positive contribution this makes to society.

Fair Tax Week embraces Tax Justice Sunday on 7 July, which is co-ordinated by Church Action for Tax Justice.

Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Tax said: “The APPG on Responsible Tax is delighted to support Fair Tax Week and Tax Justice Sunday, together with the call for business to say what they pay in each and every country in which they operate. We hope to see Fair Tax Week and Tax Justice Sunday become an established part of the calendar, just like Fairtrade Fortnight and Living Wage Week, where organisations that do the right thing when it comes to tax are not only recognised but celebrated.”

It is estimated that £400bn of global corporate profits are shifted annually to tax havens, with corporate tax revenue losses in the UK of approximately £7bn per annum.

As Fair Tax Week approaches, we will start to publish events taking place during the week. Please check regularly or sign up for our newsletter. If you agree with the aims of Fair Tax Week then feel free to organise an event of your own and send us details – we’ll not only list your activity, but help promote it as well. You can let us know here. 

Download the campaign pack and promotional materials from our resources page.

Fair Tax Week will celebrate the companies and organisations that are seeking to do the right thing and are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax – businesses that pay the right amount of corporation tax at the right time and in the right place, and who overtly shun the artificial use of tax havens and contrived tax avoidance practices. It will also celebrate and explore the positive contribution that Corporation Tax makes to society, and how this might be optimised.

Fair Tax Week has been developed by the Fair Tax Mark, with kind early-stage support from the Friends Provident Foundation and the Joffe Charitable Trust. It is now supported by SSE plc and Pennon Group plc, who have been respectively Fair Tax Mark certified since 2014 and 2018. 

Susan Davy, Chief Financial Officer, Pennon Group, said: “We are delighted to co-sponsor Fair Tax Week 2019. The taxes we pay help fund vital public services, investment in people and investment in infrastructure to support future growth. The UK would not be the country it is without the tax contributions of business of all sizes, operating in all sectors. The attitude towards payment of taxes of a few companies has been a factor in a loss of public confidence in big business and we hope that Fair Tax Week can play a part in winning that trust back.”

Gregor Alexander, Finance Director, SSE said: “We’re proud to have been reaccredited with our fifth Fair Tax Mark and to see the growth of the organisation and, importantly, the tax debate, since we first achieved the independent kitemark in 2014. Utilities provide an essential service and it’s only right they hold themselves to high standards and we’re delighted to be co-sponsoring Fair Tax Week with Pennon, the most recent FTSE company to join the growing list of businesses placing importance on tax transparency.”

Fair Tax Week launch conference

5 July – Human Rights Action Centre, London 9.30–1.30pm

Fair Tax Week will open with a marquee Fair Tax Conference. This will feature leaders from business, academia and campaigning – who will explore key topics such as responsible tax planning, how to tackle tax avoidance and the case for Corporation Tax.

Parliamentary Reception

17 June

Working with the All-Party Paliamentary Group for Responsible Tax and Tax Justice UK, a chance for businesses and parliamentarians to discuss Fair Tax Week, Tax Justice Sunday and the benefits of the Fair Tax Mark. Sponsored by SSE.

Scottish Parliament Reception

25 June

A chance for MSPs to hear more about the work of the Fair Tax Mark in Scotland, and the coming Fair Tax Week and Tax Justice Sunday. Contribution by Scotmid Co-operative. Food and Drink sponsored by Scottish Co-op Party.

TJN19

2-3 July

Tax Justice Network will be analysing professional enablers of tax abuse and crime: the role of banks, law firms and accountants at the Tax Justice Network Conference 2019. Full details at the TJN website.

Fair Tax polling release

4 July

The Fair Tax Mark will release the latest polling of UK public attitudes towards a range of fair tax issues, including responsible tax planning, government procurement, auditor independence and mandatory disclosure. Further details here.

Energy4All secures Fair Tax Mark

6 July

Renewable energy generator Energy4All is the latest company to be accredited with the Fair Tax Mark.  Read the full story

Tax Justice Sunday

7 July

Church Action for Tax Justice is encouraging churches nationwide to get involved in Tax Justice Sunday.  Worship materials such a hymns, prayers, bible studies and a creed will soon be available on the CATJ website. More here.

Tax Justice Sunday – Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

7 July

Methodist Central Hall will be marking Tax Justice Sunday. During 11am service, Anthony Boateng will be interviewed by the Revd Tony Miles and discuss the manifesto’ ‘Tax for the Common Good’, reading a prayer (available from the www.catj.org.uk website) plus the hymn ‘Our vulnerable God…’ which Andrew Pratt has written for this year’s TJ Sunday

Tax Justice Sunday – Scarborough

7 July

The Quaker meeting in Scarborough is providing information on Fair Tax Week, Tax Justice Sunday, and the writing campaign to companies that is being run by Church Action on Tax Justice.

Tax Justice Sunday – Ealing

7 July

The Quaker meeting in Ealing is providing information on Fair Tax Week, Tax Justice Sunday, and the writing campaign to companies that is being run by Church Action on Tax Justice.

Tax Justice Sunday – Ilminster

7 July

The Quaker meeting in Ilminster, together with the local Anglican Church, will be sharing views and information on Fair Tax Week, Tax Justice Sunday, and the writing campaign to companies that is being run by Church Action on Tax Justice.

Tax for the Common Good

10 July, 7pm – Bertha Weight Room
The Church at Carrs Lane
Birmingham B4 7SX

Dr Justin Tacker, co-ordinator, Church Action for Tax Justice, and Councillor Fred Grindrod, Birmingham City Council, will be talking about Tax for the Common Good. Chaired by Anne Danks, regional head, Christian Aid.

Oxford is the first place to adopt the Councils for Fair Tax declaration

Launch of “Councils for Fair Tax Declaration”

11 July

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Accounting for Tax

12 July
One Moorgate Place, London

The ICAEW will be host to a roundtable discussion on the potential for new accounting standards, organised by the newly launched Corporate Accountability Network (CAN). Limited availability: please email richard@richardmurphy.org.uk to express your interest.

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Leeds Building Society member outreach

Details of Leeds Building Society’s polling of its members here.

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Marshalls plc celebrate Fair Tax Week

More here.

Scotmid celebrate re-accreditation

More here.

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Eighth Day celebration and customer outreach

9th July, Manchester, Oxford Road

Welsh Assembly Statement of Opinion

Tbc

SSE Interview

SSE’s Head of Tax in discussion with Ethical Consumer here.

Want to get involved?

If you are holding an event during Fair Tax Week, just let us know, using the event form to the right, so that we can help to promote it.

And if you want to find out more about how the Fair Tax Mark can help you to hold an event, just complete the information form beside that, and we’ll be in touch to see how we can support your event.

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