Annand calls for clampdown on tax dodging

February 15, 2015 12:00 AM
By Hugh Annand

Local Liberal Democrat parliamentary hopeful Hugh Annand has called on the government to do more to ensure that wealthy individuals and corporations pay their fair share of tax.

'At a time when public services are being cut, people are being asked to make sacrifices and the Conservative Party is announcing ever more draconian measures against sick and disabled people, the latest revelations once again show that there are rich, powerful people who think they are above the law,' he told the Welwyn and Hatfield Times.
'There are people in the Conservative Party who will tell you that taxation is organised theft', he added. 'I would argue that, on the contrary, it is a subscription for membership of a civilised society, and that tax dodging - whether illegal evasion or aggressive avoidance - is organised treason.'
'Any perception that there is one law for the rich and powerful and another for the rest of us undermines the rule of law, which is the bedrock that underpins our democracy. Where the law has been broken, there must be punishment; and where it has been misused, there must be change. If we are to build a stronger economy in a fairer society with opportunity for all, everyone must contribute.'