Church says paying tax is for 'public good'

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A senior Church of Scotland minister has taken a swipe at tax evading businesses, and called for a new attitude towards tax paying, which takes into account 'the public good.'

Speaking on the Government's proposals to tackle tax evasion, the Rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council has said that everyone has a duty to pay their taxes in full.

And he warned of the need to ensure we take greater care of the poo,r in light of the Government's continuing cuts.

He said: "Those blessed by affluence have a responsibility and a moral obligation to protect and support those who are in need. How the rich and powerful, affluent and comfortable care for and show love to a neighbour is probably the hallmark of a society based on a Christian ethos. "

In this week's Spring Budget announcement, Chancellor George Osborne called tax evasion and tax avoidance "morally repugnant". A "general anti-avoidance rule", or Gaar, will be implemented next year, introducing the principle that if any payment looks obviously like it is for the purpose of avoiding tax, it will be scrutinised. Rev Galloway welcomes these proposals.

In view of the Chancellor's announcement of a further £10billion worth of cuts to the welfare budget by 2015/16, Rev Galloway has also spoken out on the need to ensure that the poor and vulnerable do not face undue hardship and financial difficulty.

He said: "the dramatic changes expected from the Welfare Reform Act means that anti-poverty campaigners need to remain determined and committed to service as well as political engagement to try to ensure the best deal for those who need help most."

23rd March

March 23rd, 2012 - Posted & Written by Riyaza Rodriguez

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