Thu 5 February 2009, The Guardian

Legal and moral ways to bridge the tax gap

Your excellent series on the Tax Gap has highlighted the complex games of tax avoidance that have now become normal for multinational companies. The main problem in dealing with these schemes, as Vincent Cable pointed out (Comment, 3 February), is the UK government's reluctance to strengthen international tax cooperation, through the EU and the UN. Such cooperation is the only way to make national taxation effective, but politicians use the spurious argument of national sovereignty to oppose it.
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