Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire’s latest e-consultation sought local residents’ views on whether, in light of increased coverage of the issue, they would withhold their custom from companies who have been reported as pursuing aggressive tax avoidance strategies.
More than 320 people responded to the survey with 2 in 3 saying that they planned to boycott companies who did not pay full tax. Despite the fact that the majority of respondents felt that tax avoidance schemes were wrong, 1 in 3 would still shop with these companies as they are too difficult to avoid.
Commenting, Jo Swinson said:
“Local residents clearly felt extremely strongly that the use of tax avoidance schemes was morally wrong, though it can be difficult to avoid using certain companies that are so ingrained into our everyday lives.
“At the end of the day it is simply not fair that a minority of companies are escaping their responsibility to pay proper taxes. The Coalition Government is investing more than £1 billion to help HMRC tackle tax avoidance and evasion, which will bring in £9 billion more a year than the previous Labour Government.
“Many respondents also noted that it is vital that the international community tackles tax avoidance and the Coalition Government are making it a top priority as we chair the G8 this year.
“Following this e-consultation, I will write to George Osborne to highlight to him how strongly my constituents feel on this matter.”
If you would like to be part of Jo’s monthly e-consultation mailing list, sign up on the website here: http://www.joswinson.org.uk/e_consultations
Jo’s tax avoidance e-consultation can be found here http://www.joswinson.org.uk/december_2012_tax_avoidance