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Members of the group UK Uncut held a day of protests, timed to coincide with the deadline for filing self assessment tax returns. Protesters took action in more than 30 cities throughout the United Kingdom, including Manchester, Aberdeen and London. The protests were aimed at large companies such as Boots, Vodafone and Top Shop. The group want to highlight the unfairness of ordinary people, including sole traders and small businesses, being fined for missing the deadline for filing their tax return, while large companies are avoiding tax. The spokesman for UK Uncut, Dannie Wright said:

“While we rush to complete our tax forms, rich corporations and individuals are getting away with billions of pounds of tax every year.”

He also expressed the opinion that the rise in Value Added Tax to 20 percent in January 2011 and the severity of the public spending cuts will hit the poorest and most vulnerable of society, whilst the richest individuals and large corporations can afford to hire accountants and lawyers to take advantage of tax loopholes.

The GMB trade union support the highlighting of the issue of tax avoidance, stating that it is time for the government to realise that the avoidance of tax by the large corporations and the increase in taxes for the more vulnerable in society is not acceptable.

Small businesses and sole traders can hire low cost accountants who will ensure that all allowable expenses have been claimed and the correct amount of tax is paid in a timely manner. A small business accountancy has the expertise to maximise income whilst staying within HM Revenue & Customs legislation.

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