Occupy London Stock Exchange and UK Uncut represent how
corporate tax moved from a solely-boardroom issue to a public
For months, it was impossible to leave ITR Towers without
wading through a sea of tents filled with hippies, socialists,
anarchists in Guy Fawkes masks, punks, students and, yes,
ordinary concerned citizens camped outside St
The new ad hoc, bottom-up social movements, exemplified by
Occupy and Uncut, that have sprung up around the world to try
to take over stores and Wall Street alike have tax at the heart
of their agenda.
Far from the unfocused layabouts their enemies might like to
see them as, their core objective has always been holding banks
and big companies to account for their role in the financial
downturn and their encouragement of government austerity
measures to fix it.
Crucial to this is ensuring these organisations pay their
fair share of tax.
The original campers in Zuccotti Park in New York and
outside St Paul’s have long since been sent on
their way, but the issues they brought to public attention
cannot be swept aside so easily. Detailed information about the
tax corporations do or do not pay, is being splashed across
daily newspapers and websites like never before. These stories
are moving corporate tax matters from the business sections to
the front pages.
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