Top 15 banks sign Code of Practice
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Issued on 30 November 2010
The Government today announced that the top fifteen banks
operating in the UK have adopted the Code of Practice on Taxation.
As at the 17 October 2010, only four out of the top fifteen
banks had adopted the code since its introduction in 2009.
The Treasury therefore asked HM Revenue & Customs
(HMRC) to ensure that all the major banks signed up by the end of
The top 15 banks that have adopted the code are:
- BANK OF AMERICA/MERRILL
- CITIGROUP (CITIBANK)
- CREDIT SUISSE
- DEUTSCHE BANK
- GOLDMAN SACHS
- JP MORGAN CHASE
- LLOYDS BANKING GROUP
- MORGAN STANLEY
- NATIONWIDE BUILDING SOCIETY
- ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND
- STANDARD CHARTERED
The code of practice states:
- Banks should have strong governance around tax, which is
integrated into their business decision making.
- They should follow the spirit of the law in addition to the
letter – this means banks can undertake tax planning to support their
business operations, but this should not be used to achieve tax results
that are contrary to the intentions of Parliament.
- HMRC and the banks should work together to encourage
mutually open and transparent relationships.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:
“A year ago, the previous Government announced that it would
require banks to sign up to the Code of Practice on Taxation. At the
start of October this year only four out of the top fifteen had done
so. I said that this was unacceptable and I gave them a deadline of end
of November 2010 to sign up.
“That deadline arrived today and I am pleased to say that all
fifteen banks have signed up. Alongside the bank levy, this shows that
the Coalition Government is taking action to ensure banks pay their
fair share - unlike the previous Government, which talked tough, but
failed to deliver. ”
1. The code of practice on taxation for banks can be
found on the HMRC website (opens in
new browser window).
2. The Chancellor
confirmed at the Comprehensive Spending Review on the 20
October 2010 that the top 15 banks would be expected to adopt the Code
of Practice by the end of November 2010.
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