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.