I am, quite often, challenged about the sources of my income. And I’ve always been happy to identify those organisations I work for and who fund me, bar the relatively small number of accountancy clients I still work for, where the ethics of the accountancy profession do not permit this.
In this context I think it important to note that I have recently been awarded two years of part time funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This funding is being provided provided to allow me to work on the creation of a tax reform agenda that promotes the relief of poverty in all its forms, primarily in the UK. Within that framework I have been given considerable flexibility to look at a whole range of issues relating to tax, the tax base and associated issues. I am, of course, immensely grateful to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for having been given me this opportunity which will be reflected in the commentary on this blog over the next two years.
In the interests of transparency I have also noted on the “About this Blog” page all major sources of funding I have enjoyed of late, whether in the nature of a grant, like the income from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, or for services provided, as is more common. Not all such sources have equal value of course: some amount to a few hundred pounds at most. Not all also run concurrently. One important point to note is that the Tax Justice Network is not omitted in error: since completing work on the Secrecy Jurisdictions project in February 2010 for the Tax Justice Network, which was in turn funded by the Ford Foundation, I have no ongoing funding from TJN.