Open letter to UK Prime Minister

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Dear Prime Minister

The Huffington Post reports you saying:

“Frankly I don’t like any taxes.”

So, let’s see now. What exactly do you mean by that? Could you please elaborate on the following:


  • You don’t like any taxes – but which taxes do you prefer? In your government’s first budget you hiked the Value Added Tax rate – raising the tax charge on poorer households – but at the same time you gave large multinational corporations carte blanche to write Britain’s corporate tax laws, to eviscerate their effective tax rates.  Do you prefer taxing poor people to taxing rich people?


  • You have said that lower taxes on corporations would make Britain more ‘competitive.’ What exactly does it mean for a country to be ‘competitive?’ Please tell us if you can understand this analysis about tax wars. And if so, which bit of it is wrong? Please elaborate, with details.


  • You have said on several occasions that you would like taxes to be ‘lower.’ Let’s take corporation taxes. How far would you go? Down to zero? And if so, why stop there? Effective tax rates are becoming negative for some multinational corporations, and the trend is increasing.  Do you support welfare payments for powerful companies? If so, why?


Just asking.


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About The Author

Nicholas Shaxson is a journalist and writer on the staff of Tax Justice Network. He is author of the book Poisoned Wells about the oil industry in Africa, published in 2007, and the more recent Treasure Islands: Tax havens and the Men who Stole the World, published by Random House in January 2011. He lives in Berlin
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