Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

'Plug the gap' on tax evasion

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Anneliese and fellow Labour MEPs are calling on the EU to take action to 'plug the gap' when it comes to tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance for good.

Europe currently has a 'tax gap' of some 1 trillion euros a year: money that should be being paid as taxes, but instead is being evaded or avoided. At a time when Europe is desperate for more investment, and people across the continent are crying out for better services and more employment opportunities, this kind of behaviour is deeply immoral.

Speaking in the Parliament's plenary session this evening, Anneliese will say: "Following Luxleaks 1 and 2, the people of Europe are looking to the EU to take action against tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance.

"It's time for the European Union to 'plug the gap' of 1 trillion lost Euros every year.

"Tomorrow the Commission MUST indicate that action against tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance will be at the heart of its priorities.

"And member states within the Council MUST listen to the anger of European citizens and work together, on Friday, to overcome national differences and agree on strong joint measures.

"Let's seize this opportunity to stop tax fiddling and back the citizens of Europe and SMEs who pay their taxes, not those transnational companies who don't."

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