Fight hunger: Stop the tax dodgers
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This year the Government will meet its pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on overseas aid and I welcome the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign's commitment to helping the worlds poorest.

I want to reassure you that the Government is fully committed to promoting tax transparency and the exchange of information - including action to make sure developing countries benefit. The Prime Minister has outlined an ambitious agenda for the UK's G8 Presidency, aimed at advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and promoting transparency.

We are already working through HMRC and the Department for International Development to build capacity in tax administrations in developing countries.
For example in December 2012, the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, announced the UK would be extending its support for the Afghanistan Revenue Department. This support will build on the Department's considerable success over recent years: tax rewards have increased from $250 million in 2004 to $2 billion in 2012, and with UK support Afghanistan will improve revenue collection from 11 per cent of GDP to 16 per cent by 2016.

The UK is also leading international action on tax avoidance and will be using our Presidency of the G8 to push the issue with our international partners. David Cameron has put tackling aggressive tax avoidance at the top of the agenda, along with strengthening the tax transparency agenda and working with developing countries to enable them to collect the tax that is due to them. We want the global rules governing the taxation of multinational firms to be updated from the 1920s when they were first written, and made relevant to the global internet economy of the twenty first century.

I believe the bold and transformative policy agenda the Prime Minister has outlined for the UK's G8 Presidency, together with Ministers' action on a range of development issues, such as tax avoidance, can make a difference to millions of people around the world.


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