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Give tax thieves nowhere to hide

To Chief Minister of Jersey Senator Ian Gorst, UK Business Secretary Vince Cable and UK Prime Minister David Cameron:

We ask that Jersey follows the UK’s example and implements a central public register of company owners to combat tax evasion and money-laundering. Prime Minister Cameron made it clear during his G8 leadership that he hopes that ‘the whole world will move towards public registers of beneficial ownership’. This is Jersey's chance to leave tax thieves with nowhere to hide.

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Give tax thieves nowhere to hide
Even after our victory with the G8 last year, Jersey is trying to get away with only limited transparency for the thousands of companies and trusts which operate on the island. From my experience working in Jersey’s government, I know they’ll be surprised if they get a deluge of messages from across the UK. Write what you feel about tax evasion and its effect on our society and economy. Use your own words, and draw from any of the points below to make your recommendations for Jersey. Hurry - Wednesday is the deadline!

  • It’s wrong that billions which could be spent on public services are being hidden by corporations and individuals in Jersey and other jurisdictions.
  • If you are serious about fighting tax evasion, you must implement a central public register of who owns and benefits from all companies and trusts registered in Jersey. This must be public -- many scandals show we can’t trust government to regulate finance.
  • Prime Minister Cameron said he hopes that ‘the whole world will move towards public registers of beneficial ownership’. The UK has introduced a public register and Jersey must urgently follow suit.

  • The official Jersey consultation document is here.

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