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Big companies being let off with £25BN in tax while the rest of us are being squeezed dry

A UK wide campaign called UK Uncut has been working hard over the last 14 months to expose tax dodging companies like  Vodafone and Sir Philip Green‘s Topshop, among many others. It’s been estimated that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been going soft of their unpaid bills to the tune of £25 BILLION. After along hard slog, today the subject has made it to the top of the news.

Channel 4 News: HMRC ‘bent rules’ for big firms

BBC News: HMRC criticised for ‘cosy’ deals by committee of MPs

These are not struggling companies, and in the case of Vodafone one year’s profit would comfortably clear it’s outstanding tax debt.  The government says we need to slash public spending to balance the books, so why are profit rich companies being allowed to dodge billions in tax? 

There’s been a number of protests in Glasgow over the past year. To get involved and help get the money back we’re all due, keep an eye on UK Uncut’s Action List.

Topshop Protest - Argyle Street last week (17/12/11)

Store security seemed to mostly ignore the protesters, focusing more on the press photographers, preventing them from taking any pictures.

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Glasgow photos (bottom two) by Frank Martin – blog twitter facebook – feel free to use and share. No need to credit source.

Vodafone shut down in Glasgow

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Vodafone – Tax Dodgers

London protest #ukuncut
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Next action – Glasgow
Meet at All Saints Buchanan St Glasgow @ 8.30am
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The government has allowed Vodafone to
dodge £6 billion in tax. That’s money they owe
the British public.
The government is not acting to stop corporate
tax evasion. As well as wiping Vodafone’s debt,
they are cutting funding to HM Revenue and
Custom by a quarter, making them toothless in
the face of the corporate tax evaders.
Through legal loopholes and tax evasion the
wealthiest British companies dodge at least £12
billion in tax a year.
That amounts to at least £48 billion over the
course of the next four years.
Reclaiming that money would make over half of
the government’s planned spending cuts unnec-
essary.
The coalition government is ideologically commit-
ted to cutting public spending, hitting the poorest
and most vulnerable in our society hardest. It is
the disabled, the unemployed, ethnic minorities
and women who will feel the brunt of these cuts.
At the same time, George Osborne has cut the
tax corporations have to pay.
The government cuts are not ‘fair’, we’re not ‘all
in it together’ and there are alternatives.
Here’s one alternative to the savage
cuts: force the big companies to pay
the tax that they owe us, starting with
Vodafone’s £6 billion