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 dodgers nowhere to hide.
Jersey is trying to get away with limited implementation of the G8's tax transparency reforms. I worked in Jersey’s government, and know a deluge of messages from across the UK will surprise them. Write what you feel about tax dodging, and draw from the points below. Hurry - today's the deadline for their official consultation!
It’s wrong that billions which could be spent on public services are being hidden by corporations and trusts in Jersey and other tax havens.
To fight tax evasion, you must implement a central public register of who owns and benefits from all the huge number of companies and trusts registered in Jersey. This must be public -- many scandals show we can’t trust government to regulate finance.
David 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.