Church and charity leaders name for tax justice throughout the Covid 19 pandemic – Bible Type

Church and charity leaders name for tax justice throughout the Covid 19 pandemic

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Church and charity leaders have called for a fairer tax regime in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The call to the government came in an open letter published in The Times after Denmark, Poland and France took steps to refuse bailouts for companies registered in tax havens.

The letter urged the UK government to do the same with companies that "continue to avoid responsibility, make huge profits, and yet hide their assets in tax havens."

The letter is signed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, President of the Methodist Conference, Rev. Dr. Barbara Glasson, the moderator of the Baptist Union Council, Rev. David Mayne, and the chairman of the Church's Tax Justice Action, David Haslam.

"We welcome the decision by the Danish, Polish and French governments to refuse bailouts for companies registered in tax havens," they write.

"The current crisis has shown how important our health and social security systems are – and what taxes they pay year after year.

"However, many of the most vulnerable in our society are paying the price of a health and social system that is totally unprepared for an epidemic.

"In the meantime, some large companies are still avoiding responsibility, making huge profits and hiding their assets in tax havens."

They further argue that tax avoidance can withhold up to $ 400 billion in revenue from developing countries "when faced with problems of Covid-19 to an extent unimaginable in the richer countries."

The letter ends with a call on the government to reform the tax system so that it no longer "promotes the excessive wealth of individuals and businesses, but serves the common good of all".

"When the pandemic ends, we can no longer work as usual," it says.

"If we want to build an economic system that focuses on the wellbeing of people and the planet, a fair tax system in which everyone, including powerful companies and wealthy individuals, pays their fair share is essential.

"In concrete terms, this means that wages and working conditions are fair and that we have a tax system in which large companies and wealthy individuals can no longer avoid the taxes they should have paid."

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