Fair Tax Mark or Discriminatory Tax Mark?

If two thirds of UK businesses receive only 6% of UK sales, would you describe a scheme that encourages consumers to discriminate arbitrarily against those businesses as ethical?

For clarity, I do not believe that discrimination is intended by the Fair Tax Mark, but asking individuals to prefer Fair Tax Mark businesses will obviously disadvantage unincorporated businesses.

Unincorporated businesses, that make up two thirds of UK businesses, who apparently receive only 6% of UK sales, are not permitted to apply for the Fair Tax Mark. Given that these businesses share significantly less income between more businesses, I think encouraging the public to frequent other businesses on the grounds of ‘fairness’ seems quite harsh.

About Ben Saunders

I'm a Chartered Tax Adviser and a freelance writer. This is my personal blog about, well, mainly taxation. I might put other stuff in. Who knows.
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2 Responses to Fair Tax Mark or Discriminatory Tax Mark?

  1. And big businesses, which have unfairly borne the brunt of the most idiotic claims of tax avoidance, are currently unable to get a Fair Tax Mark either. Doesn’t this reinforce the (completely wrong) notion that “little people” pay their taxes while big businesses don’t?

    • I agree with that, though I think it is only fair to point out that they have at least said that they intend to make FTM available for those businesses at some point.

      FTM appears to be ignoring unincorporated businesses altogether.

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