Donald Trump’s luxury Turnberry resort in Ayrshire is expecting a profit and record revenues this year: so why is it receiving a tax rebate set up for struggling businesses?
The luxury resort benefits from a tax cap on the hospitality sector set up by finance minister Derek Mackay to help Scotland’s tourism industry.
But Turnberry is no family-owned B&B: the billionaire-owned business is expecting to turn a healthy profit and take in up to £18 million this year.
Companies like Turnberry exploit the system to pay less on their tax bill -- but that money is vital for our local schools, hospitals and infrastructure.
It’s time to reform the system to stop companies like Turnberry exploiting it at the expense of the taxpayer.
Tell Derek Mackay we need urgent tax reform to stop companies like Turnberry exploiting the system!
Trump Turnberry received a £110,000 tax rebate last year, despite forecasting profits and record revenues.
The rebate was announced by Mackay in February, after hoteliers and restaurant owners complained about a rise in property taxes.
Scottish Green party leader Patrick Harvie said: “Trump’s brand is toxic. It’s bad enough that he has a business presence in Scotland. It’s galling to learn that the public purse is giving him a helping hand,” while Labour MSP Lewis McDonald claimed the case highlighted “the unfairness of the current system and the urgent need for reform.”
Our libraries are closing; our schools are struggling -- we need urgent reform to the system, to make companies like Trump Turnberry contribute their fair share and help invest in Scotland’s future.
SumOfUs members are good at holding the government to account when it comes to tax -- like when David Cameron failed to declare all his business interests as PM, and over 50,000 SumOfUs members like you came together to make him do the right thing. Now let's tell the finance minister to reform our tax code so not even the US president can get away with paying tax in Scotland.
Derek Mackay: we need to invest in Scotland’s future -- reform the tax code to make companies like Turnberry pay its fair share!