Chelmsford Council calls for an end to major tax avoidance by businesses
Chelmsford City Council has passed a motion to be an example of good tax conduct and encourage businesses it deals with to have good tax practices.
As a result, the council has become the 26th council in the UK to become a Fair Tax Council.
The scheme asks councils to support tax justice with a range of measures, including promoting Fair Tax Mark accreditation, which recognises businesses that pay the right amount of corporate income tax at the right time and in the right place. Fair Tax Mark businesses include listed PLCs, co-operatives, social enterprises and large private business.
Chelmsford City Council now joins 25 other 'Fair Tax' local authorities across the UK.
As part of the council's Fair Tax commitment, Lib Dem councillor Chris Davidson will now write to the Government on behalf of the City Council and the residents of Chelmsford.
His letter will express the city's concern about corporate tax avoidance due to devices like profit-shifting that some multinationals have used to avoid paying a fair amount of tax in the UK and will press the Chancellor to stamp these practices out.
More information about Councils for Fair Tax can be found on the Fair Tax Foundation website.