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Tax is a moral issue says Christian Aid as MPs unveil new report on large accountancy firms

6 February 2015 Commenting before the release of a new Public Accounts Committee report on the role of large accountancy firms in tax avoidance, Toby Quantrill, Principal Economic Justice Adviser at Christian Aid said:“Scandals such as Lux leaks have highlighted the chasm between what is ‘legal’ and what the vast majority of people in Britain regard as morally right.

As Archbishop Justin Welby noted this week, tax is a moral issue and big companies should pay their fair share of tax in the countries where they make their money.

“Today’s abuse of power by many multinationals is harming the lives of millions of ordinary women and men in poor countries, as well as here in the UK.

“That is why Christian Aid has been campaigning for tax justice for many years and why we have recently joined other UK organisations campaigning for a Tax Dodging Bill.

“We are challenging all political parties to commit to taking action that will help tackle many of the problems highlighted by the Public Accounts Committee and by the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

A ComRes poll for Christian Aid found that 85 per cent of British adults believe that tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong, even if it is legal. The poll was done in November 2014.

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