LuxLeaks One Year On: Time to Blow the Whistle on Tax Dodgers

4 November 2015 - 12:00am
Press release

It is one year since leaked documents exposed global companies' secret tax deals in Luxembourg, that continue to deprive rich and poor countries alike of billions.

The financial scandal, known as LuxLeaks, revealed the extent to which multinational companies were profiting from aggressive tax avoidance schemes and ‘sweetheart’ deals.

The whistleblowers now face criminal charges for disclosing the confidential information.

Owen Espley, Economic Justice Campaigner at War on Want, said: “It is scandalous that while the whistleblowers face prison, tax dodgers continue to laugh all the way to the bank. The global tax system remains firmly rigged in favour of big business, and citizens across the world are losing out.

“For too long, multinationals have deprived the public purse of huge sums of money. It is time George Osborne blew the whistle on tax dodgers, and demanded companies publicly report the profits they make and taxes they pay everywhere they operate.”

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors

To arrange interviews and for more information, please contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550 728 or rhemingway@waronwant.org

Stunt: To mark the anniversary of LuxLeaks (5 Nov), activists will blow whistles outside the HM Treasury, on 4 November, in support of whistleblowers who exposed the tax scandal and to demand an end to secrecy around multinationals’ taxes. Photos available on request.Time & location: 08:30 - 09:30 at HM Treasury, King Charles St, London.

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