Thousands switch off Facebook to call for action on tax dodging

On 1 December, thousands of people joined in Church Action on Poverty's 'Switch-off Saturday' - boycotting Facebook to raise awareness of tax dodging by wealthy companies.

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Church Action on Poverty encouraged users of Facebook to switch off the social networking site for the day in protest against their failure to pay a fair amount of UK tax. The aim was to raise awareness of the tax dodged by big companies like Facebook, and build public support for government action to tackle tax havens.

The campaign was very successful,reaching over 50,000 people over the course of the week, and sparking a lively debate on Church Action on Poverty's own Facebook page. Other campaigners added their voices to the campaign from the thinktank Ekklesia, the New Internationalist magazine and the blog Resistance & Renewal.

Monday morning saw some very promising news about Fair Taxes. Thanks to popular campaigns like ours raising the issue, Starbucks (another major tax dodger) have now agreed to review their tax policy, and Chancellor George Osborne is to review tax relief on pensions so that the wealthy make a fairer contribution.

But this is just the start. We don't want companies to pick and choose whether they pay their tax. We need concrete government action to tackle the secretive tax havens which allow such massive tax avoidance to happen in the first place. So we will continue campaigning for Fair Taxes.

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