Fair Tax Mark launches world's 1st independent tax accreditation scheme
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Author: David Quentin, UK barrister, for Lawyers for Better Business (L4BB)
There is now such a label for responsible tax behaviour: the Fair Tax Mark. I sit on its independent advisory panel, and in that capacity I have assisted in developing its methodology. The central problem of certifying responsible tax behaviour is that some tax reduction - the legitimate use of statutory reliefs, for example - should not attract opprobrium. The Fair Tax Mark deals with this problem through the machinery of transparency. In order to attract certification a company's tax affairs have to be placed in the public domain and properly explained. The methodology is set out in detail on the Fair Tax Mark website and is continuously developing in response to constructive commentary.
Author: Craig Scott, Guardian (UK)
So how can the problem of corporate tax avoidance be tackled and the public's understanding of the issue improved?...The Fair Tax Mark will use a set of metrics to assess companies on their tax and transparency. Companies that score a minimum of 13 out of 20 will be awarded a Fair Tax Mark...Yet for some participants, defining what the "right amount of tax" is could be problematic...But if signing up to the Fair Tax Mark is voluntary, why would businesses choose to do so? [refers to Google, Facebook, Amazon, Starbucks, Thomas Reuters, Co-operative, Unity Trust Bank]
Author: Fair Tax Mark
The value of the Fair Tax Mark Criteria works two ways: it protects the company from both reputational and financial risk, at the same time as projecting an image of openness, honesty and trustworthiness to consumers and investors...The Fair Tax Mark is about acknowledging, assuming responsibility for and being transparent about the impact of a company’s taxation decision-making and policy. The Fair Tax Mark is an indication that a business is accountable to stakeholders as well as shareholders when it comes to tax. As such the Fair Tax Mark is recognition that tax is more than a quantitative issue about the amount of tax paid but is actually an issue of qualitative importance central to business culture and practice all the way through the supply chain.
Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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