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VODAFONE TAX DODGE PROTEST
 

Star date: 30th October 2010

MOBILISING AGAINST MOBILE SELLERS

Today the Vodafone store in Manchester was closed by people protesting against the phone company's tax avoidance policies, which they claim has cost the country somewhere between £1and £5billion, while the ConDem Government is making the poor pay for the deficit.

"How can we take the government seriously when they let off tax dodgers?" said campaigner Andi Sidwell "Public sector cuts are not the only way out, there are better ways to save money."

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Protesters blocked the Vodafone store on Market Street in Manchester today, forcing it to close. They carried a banner reading `Tax Dodgers' and handed out leaflets to a supportive public.

The campaigners were trying to make a point about the hypocrisy of making less well off people pay for the country's deficit via public spending cuts, while Vodafone's tax avoidance, and its eventual tax settlement reached with the Inland Revenue, could cost the country anything up to £5billion (see Private Eye story here for more details).

The blockade was part of a national wave of protests outside Vodafone stores, with many others across the country having been shut down, including stores in London, Oxford and Leicester.  The protests come after a sit-in in London earlier this week successfully shut down a flagship Vodafone store.

Liverpool Preservation Trust wrote
at 17:35:24 on 03 November 2010
Same has happened in Liverpool http://condensedthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/11/taxing-details.html
 
Mick wrote
at 15:26:49 on 02 November 2010
when i owed them £60 in jobseekers that THEY wrongly paid to me after i told them i had found a job they came after me as if i was a murderer! this is disgusting - esp the fact osbourne was using OUR money to promote them in India last week
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 16:12:12 on 31 October 2010
Heads should be rolling, literally, at HMRC. It is beyond scandalous that huge companies can get away with so much. The governement will do nothing about it, they would rather take Child Benefit from children than make those who really are milking us dry light their cigars with £50 notes. When will the people of this country rise up & smash the corrupt system we endure?
 
Sian O'Matic wrote
at 16:12:06 on 31 October 2010
Steve, you're right. That's becasue the tax office had to back out of making them pay the original amount. So what they are now "due" to pay (and are paying) is a reduced rate, reached by a later settlement. The argument is that this does not reflect the true amount of tax due to the government based on the figures from the Mannesmann transaction. From Private Eye: "An epic legal battle began, with Vodafone resisting the taxman’s efforts to get all the information on the deal and arguing through the courts that the British laws striking out the tax benefits of its deal were neutered by European law which granted, Vodafone claimed, the freedom to establish anywhere in the EU (including its dodgiest tax havens) without facing a tax bill. VIL’s accounts show that, up to March 2009, €15.5bn income was stuffed into the company, suggesting it is now heading to the €18bn mark and resulting in £5bn in lost tax and interest so far. But, armed with strong advice from eminent legal counsel, tax inspectors were confident they could win the cash back".
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 12:55:35 on 31 October 2010
I'm struggling to find any evidence whatsoever that Vodafone have not paid any tax due.
 
Jim Devine wrote
at 20:58:02 on 30 October 2010
WOW !! Dont know the full details but straight away this seems highly credible as long as it remains peaceful.
 
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