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Shell company owners 'revealed'

A register of the true owners of shadowy shell companies will be made public as part of the fight against tax dodgers, David Cameron is set to announce today.

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Government to 'shine a spotlight' on shell companies

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to say the Government needs to "shine a spotlight" on shadowy shell companies to find "where money is really flowing".

"For too long a small minority have hidden their business dealings behind a complicated web of shell companies - and this cloak of secrecy has fuelled all manner of questionable practice and downright illegality," Mr Cameron will tell the Open Government Partnership summit in London.

David Cameron will say the Government needs to "shine a spotlight" on shadowy shell companies . Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

He continues: "Illegality that is bad for the developing world - as corrupt regimes stash their money abroad under different identities. And illegality that is bad for Britain's economy too - as people evade their taxes through untraceable trails of paperwork.

"Not only is this hugely unfair to the millions of hard-working people in Britain who pay their tax but it's also bad for business. To keep corporate taxes low, you've got to keep corporate taxes coming in. As I've put it, no tax base - no low tax case."

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