Christian Aid is making a final call for nominations for its latest Alternative Tax Award – Tax Superhero of the Year. The charity created the Award to recognise the tremendous potential of good tax practice to change the world.
Andy Wilson, Christian Aid's Economic Justice Campaigns Officer, explained: "We want to hear about the individuals, companies and organisations doing most to help developing countries collect the billions of dollars’ tax that they are owed each year."
He continued: "The Superhero could even be a celebrity – we have received a nomination for the comedian Ricky Gervais. Who do you think is making the greatest positive contribution?"
Christian Aid estimates that developing countries currently lose around $160 billion a year as a result of tax dodging by unscrupulous companies trading internationally.
This is a vast sum, equal to roughly one-and-a-half times the amount of money that poor countries receive in development aid each year, it says.
The money is urgently needed to pay for education, medical care, sanitation and other public services which we in the UK take for granted.
"Please tell us who you think is doing most to help correct this injustice," Andy Wilson asks church members, development activists and members of the public.
The deadline for Tax Superhero of the Year nominations is 5 April 2010 - the end of the current financial year. Your nominations should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The aid, development and advocacy agency - which works in partnership with local communities across the world, irrespective of creed - says it will announce the winner and present them with their award early in the new financial year.