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The town that took on the taxman BBC 2 9o/c

On 20 Jan 2016 at 9:09pm The Old Mayor wrote:
Cafe Nero hasn't paid any corporation tax since 2007 !! To name but one company. A Welsh town went offshore to enjoy the same rates the multi-nationals do. Why didn't Lewes get asked ? Let's start a trend.
On 20 Jan 2016 at 10:01pm Red wrote:
Why the hell should Lewes small businesses pay more tax than Neros or Boots or Amazon or Vodafone.
Let's get Lewes Fair Tax Town started.
On 20 Jan 2016 at 10:11pm Mavis wrote:
Several northern towns taken it up, including Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Leek. Apparently Boots were shamed into buying a Christmas tree for one town !! Where was ours ?
On 21 Jan 2016 at 8:09am Convenient wrote:
Interesting programme , as was pointed out though by some of the people though , if no one pays any taxes we have no schools no national health no roads etc etc . Surely the emphasis should be on hounding and shaming the people that don't pay their fair share .
On 21 Jan 2016 at 8:34am Red wrote:
If all the small businesses were able to use the existing tax laws like the big companies do to dodge tax then the law will get changed to make sure they (and us) pay.
The Tories aren't going to change the law on their own are they.
On 21 Jan 2016 at 8:55am Dutch Sandwich wrote:
The Tories won't do it anyway - easier to hit the disabled and bedroom tax. Dieu et mon Droit has become I'm all right Jack.
On 21 Jan 2016 at 11:46am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The bedroom tax will look positively philanthropic compared to next year's benefit changes.
I just hope Café Nero will fulfil their social obligations by letting the homeless sit in their warm cafes all day, and give them free coffees while they're there.
On 21 Jan 2016 at 6:09pm Metatron wrote:
It's a Scam and needs sorting.
Use your buying power to boycott any business that doesn't pay its way. Name and shame.
On 21 Jan 2016 at 7:16pm Border Control wrote:
Actually Convienient, that was the other side of the point, if all the small businesses started moving towards those schemes it would pressurise HMRC to sort out the big boys and close the loop holes.
On 22 Jan 2016 at 9:36am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I didn't see the programme until last night, and I think it's a great idea.
If enough towns did it, they'd surely have to change the rules.
On 22 Jan 2016 at 3:39pm Tipex wrote:
If you don't pay your taxes (income or council) you forfeit the right to moan about potholes, social services, the NHS or any other public services. The government have strangled councils to the point where they're virtually bankrupt. Central government's solution is to permit local authorities to increase their council tax, thus making ESCC the baddie rather than no.10.
On 23 Jan 2016 at 4:14pm Redballs wrote:
Go out to Davos and tell the super rich and powerful, we have had enough and that pitchfork time is only around the corner. The peasant's are revoulting.
On 26 Jan 2016 at 8:37pm Belladonna wrote:
It's a great idea, essentially to force the government and HMRC clamp down on the big boy evaders. Surely the green and transition town groups would be already mobilising ? What have the local shopkeepers have to lose ?

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