Taxes – normally the stuff of extreme boredom, they’ve got all sexy and topical this week. The leak of the so-called Panama Papers strongly implied that hefty numbers of the world’s richest and most powerful people have been sending their rainy-day funds for a free holiday in the tropical sun, avoiding (if not evading) their fair share of tax. The Icelandic prime minister ‘stepped aside’ on Tuesday after a huge protest, and now pressure is growing on our own PM to shut the UK’s numerous tax loopholes or resign. (David Cameron’s dad’s stake in an offshore fund was revealed in the data dump, and Cameron Jr didn’t own up to profiting from the arrangement for several days after the leak.)
What’s this got to do with you? Well, if you don’t like the idea that people with the money for expensive accountants in Panama can get away with paying less tax than they ought, then head to Downing Street tomorrow for an offshore protest party!
Organised by tax justice campaigners, the event will be kicking off at 11am with a tropical dress code. Wear your Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, put on a Panama hat, and join the fight against offshore tax loopholes. See: making your voice heard doesn’t have to be taxing.