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General Anti-Tax Avoidance Principle

EDM number 268 in 2012-13, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 26/06/2012.
Categorised under the topic of Taxation.

That this House notes and shares the public opposition to tax avoidance schemes like K2; believes that the Government should introduce a General Anti-Avoidance Principle to tackle tax avoidance, rather than a narrowly focused General Anti-Abuse Rule; further believes that unlike a narrow rule, a principle cannot be broken or circumvented by corporate lawyers or tax avoidance advisers; further believes that a principle, underpinned by a sensibly-financed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)clearance system, would be attractive to both businesses and HMRC, by creating a level playing field for all businesses so that all pay their fair share, whilst bringing in tax revenue to HMRCthat would otherwise go unpaid; and therefore calls on the Government to legislate for a principle that any financial arrangements made by a company or individual should not have as their primary purposethe avoidance of tax.

This motion has been signed by a total of 16 MPs.

Caroline Lucas26/06/2012Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Jeremy Corbyn26/06/2012Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Tony Lloyd27/06/2012Manchester CentralLabourSeconded
Ronnie Campbell27/06/2012Blyth ValleyLabourSeconded
Mark Durkan27/06/2012FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Jonathan Edwards27/06/2012Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Martin Caton27/06/2012GowerLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins28/06/2012Luton NorthLabourSigned
Michael Crockart28/06/2012Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Mearns28/06/2012GatesheadLabourSigned
John Leech03/07/2012Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Katy Clark05/07/2012North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Lindsay Roy05/07/2012GlenrothesLabourSigned
Anne Begg09/07/2012Aberdeen SouthLabourSigned
David Crausby17/07/2012Bolton North EastLabourSigned
George Galloway03/09/2012Bradford WestRespectSigned

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