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‘Tackling international tax avoidance and evasion: how would (and could) a Labour government do it?’
From the Panama & Paradise Papers to the Russian Laundromat and the BBC hit ‘McMafia’, tax avoidance and evasion has made headlines in recent years. Just a few weeks ago, cross-party MPs passed an amendment to force British overseas territories to create public company registers.
We will be discussing the extent to which a Labour government would (and could) go it alone to tackle international tax avoidance and evasion. We will consider the harm it causes to government and society, the steps that have already been taken to address the problem (such as the PSC register introduced in 2016 and the Criminal Finance Act 2017), and ideas for what more can be done (such as a trusts register, clamping down on British overseas territories, and introducing wealth taxes).
Our panelists include:
· Dame Margaret Hodge MP – economist, MP, former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and recent sponsor of the Mitchell / Hodge amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill requiring British overseas territories to create public company registers.
· Meg Hillier MP – MP and current Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.
· Professor Prem Sikka - Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex, director of the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs, Senior Adviser to the Tax Justice Network and regular Guardian columnist.
· Robert Palmer – Executive Director of Tax Justice UK (TJUK).
July 10, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm