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Taxpayers’ Union Now a Charitable Purpose

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Taxpayers’ Union Now a Charitable Purpose

6 AUGUST 2014
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“If they are we are,” says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, responding to the Supreme Court’s bold decision to allow political advocacy to be considered charitable, if the underlying purpose is of benefit to the wider public.

“This is a significant decision. Not only is Greenpeace and the Taxpayers’ Union now likely to be considered charitable, I wonder if even some political parties could fit the criteria by making their underlying objects charitable."

“Arguably this is the most significant tax cut this election year, and it has come from the Supreme Court rather than Parliament."

“All parties would claim they want to relieve poverty, some by sound policy, others by taking from Peter to pay Paul. We’ll wait for close legal analysis to know whether the Supreme Court has left it open only to left wing political causes to claim the tax benefits of being a charity."

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