Osborne's tax avoidance pledge

Public outrage over corporate tax avoidance must be used as a "catalyst for change" in the UK and the developing world, Chancellor George Osborne said.

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Osborne: Britain is 'open for business' internationally

Chancellor George Osborne believes Britain has proven it is "open for business" by reducing its corporation tax rate over the course of the past two years.

Britain has cut its corporation tax rate by more than any other country in the G20 over the past two years, a message to the world that we are open for business that has seen companies return to Britain, and helping to create and secure thousands of jobs and millions in investment.

But our commitment to the most competitive corporate tax system goes hand in hand with our call for strong international standards to make sure that global companies, like anyone else, pay the taxes they owe.

That's why Britain, with Germany and France, asked the OECD to scrutinise the international rules, and we will together welcome their report to the G20 this weekend. The report shows this is an international issue that requires international action.

It shows the global economy has changed massively over the last decade, but global tax rules have stood still for almost a century, and Britain will lead the international effort to bring them into the twenty first century.

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