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Press release: UK Uncut calls next day of mass action against tax avoiders

PRESS RELEASE: UK Uncut calls next day of mass action against tax avoiders.

Anti-cuts activists, UK Uncut, today will call their next national day of action targeting tax avoiders, such as Vodafone, Philip Green’s TopShop, HSBC, for Sunday 30 January.
The group says that the day will ‘ram home the message that the cuts are ideological and unnecessary’. They are pointing out that the government will fine ordinary people who miss the deadline for self-assessment tax returns which are due on the day after the protests whilst companies are avoiding tax.
People around the country will being encouraged to target as many tax avoiding companies as possible, as creatively as possible. Previous actions have included a ‘read-in’ in Boots, confronting cuts to libraries and a ‘sports day’ in Top Shop highlighting cuts to schools sports programmes.
The group is well-known for its use of social media tools, such as twitter, and are planning training sessions over twitter in non-violent direct action techniques, as well as legal information, and online brainstorms for tactics and targets that people feel ‘have got away with it lightly so far’.
The activists have said that they will be announcing exact details of the protests nearer the time, and are not confirming or denying whether they will be targeting high street shops for the foreseeable future.
Clare Collins, who supports UK Uncut said:
“Whilst ordinary people are rushing to complete our tax forms, threatened with fines if we miss the deadline, rich corporations and individuals are dodging £25bn of tax every year. They can employ armies of lawyers and accountants to exploit legal loopholes and dodge billions in tax they owe to us. And the government doesn’t lift a finger to do anything to stop this, if they did, these cuts wouldn’t be necessary.”
Samina Fiaz, who has attended UK Uncut protests said:
“The government insists that drastic public spending cuts and a hike to VAT are essential. They claim that we’re all in this together. But that’s not true and Sunday 30th will ram home the message that these cuts are nothing but ideological because there are alternatives to the cuts, and one of those is to make tax dodgers pay up.”
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Notes to editors
email: ukuncut@gmail.com
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tel: 07591992825
ukuncut.org
For Immediate Release
For more information on the details of tax avoidance by high street retailers and previous UK Uncut actions, please see ukuncut.org


Sunday January 30th is the Deadline for Corporate Tax Dodgers

Monday 31st of January is the deadline for ordinary people around the country to return their self-assessment tax return forms. There are fines waiting for those who miss it.

But whilst we rush to complete our forms, rich corporations and individuals are getting away with shirking £25bn of tax every year. For Vodafone, Philip Green, HSBC, Grolsch, HMV, Boots, Barclays, KPMG and others there is no fear of being fined by the government. Instead they can employ armies of lawyers and accountants to exploit legal loopholes and dodge billions in tax they owe to us.

The government insists that drastic public spending cuts and a hike to VAT are essential. They claim that we’re all in this together. But both the cuts and the VAT increase will hit the poor and most vulnerable hardest, whilst the richest in our society dodge tax with virtual impunity.

On the day before the tax return deadline, UK Uncut’s Big Society Revenue and Customs will be taking to the streets again to make sure corporate tax avoiders pay. It will be our biggest day of action yet. Yesterday, False Economy, PCS and War on Want began a campaign to ask you to vote for your favourite tax dodger.

On Sunday 30th, UK Uncut are asking you to vote with your feet. Who do you think has got away lightly so far?

We have done so much so far as a dispersed movement, but in the weeks running up to Sunday 30th we need to pull together and share our skills, ideas and experiences. The wonderful Brighton Uncut will be running non-violent direct action training sessions on twitter. We’ll be hosting online brainstorm sessions for tactics and targets. They’ll be a series of blog posts from local groups about their plans as they come together.

If you’ve never been on a UK Uncut action, find or organise a protest near you in our action centre. If you’re already a veteran, start thinking about how you can make this one even bigger and even more spectacular. Over the next few weeks, share ideas and skills.

Together, let’s make Sunday 30th the deadline for the corporate tax dodgers.

See you on the high streets.