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Archbishop of York slams 'morally bankrupt' who avoid tax

The Archbishop of York has hit out at the "morally bankrupt" who avoid paying their fair share of tax.

Dr John Sentamu said everyone has a responsibility to pay their way and suggested one possibility was for everyone to make the taxes they pay public.

The Archbishop told The Telegraph that although he thought Prime Minister David Cameron's recent pledge to tackle tax evasion was "admirable", more must be done around the wide to help those living in poverty.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has hit out those who avoid paying their fair share of tax. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

"In many countries, it's impossible to find out how much money governments receive in taxes and other revenues or to discover how that money is then spent," he said.

"This lack of transparency means that companies in our global village can get away with tax-dodging or bribery.

"We have seen in our own country that certain people will always look to find ways to avoid paying their fair share of tax - whilst this may not be a crime in the literal sense, it is a morally bankrupt way to behave.

"We have a responsibility to our neighbours and to our society that we cannot hide from, no matter how far we run."