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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. Campaign and promotional materials will soon be available.

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 – Central London 9–1pm [TBC]

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

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

6 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.

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.

Tax and public procurement

9 July – Greater Manchester [TBC]

Fair Tax Mark will be launching a new programme, showing how tax conduct can be factored into public procurement.

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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