TJN’s 2013 accounts

   0   0 Blog

We have just published our 2013 accounts.

The front page notes:

A Milestone Year

The Tax Justice Network was formally launched at the British Houses of Parliament in March 2003; we celebrated our tenth anniversary in 2013. The past ten years has seen remarkable progress, with tax justice now established as a mainstream public issue in many countries around the world. We remain active in forming new research communities to engage on this subject, including economics geographers, political scientists, political economists, human rights specialists, and philosophers. Alongside these research communities, we are also building a global network of investigative journalists supported by an online hub to assist with sharing data and developing news stories. The global tax justice movement has steadily grown, and in 2013 we launched the Global Alliance for Tax Justice to coordinate campaigns at the international level.

During 2013 both G8 and G20 picked up on all or parts of our key demands for financial market transparency: multilateral and automatic exchange of information, country-by-country reporting; and disclosure of beneficial ownership information. We also saw the launch of the OECD’s Base Erosion Profits Shifting programme, which was at least in part a response to TJN’s calls for moves to tackle corporate tax avoidance.

TJN has responded to these changes. We have restructured to separate our research advocacy activities from campaign coordinating and national advocacy activities. We have created a new company with charitable purpose (Tax Justice Research Limited) to raise funds from charitable donors. We have launched a new programme in conjunction with the Centre of Investigate Journalism at London’s City University to provide specialist training to investigative journalists around the world. In line with our commitment to operating as a ‘virtual’ office, during 2013 we invested in a comprehensive transition to Office365 with a new website, new blog, new APP, new social media hub, and a cloud-based file sharing. We have recruited new Senior Advisers to support our broadening thematic focus.

When we first mooted our Mobilising for Tax Justice programme in January 2009 it was anticipated that we might achieve our primary goal of putting tax justice issues on the global agenda by mid-2015. This task was achieved ahead of schedule. We now aim to broaden and deepen the tax justice agenda, investigating more case studies of abusive tax practices (particularly in poorer countries), confronting the global tax wars that wreck national tax systems, and addressing how corporate tax abuse and tax havenry deprive countries and their citizens of the resources they need to meet their human rights commitments. We expect to be as busy in the coming decade as we were in the last.

Now read on.

 

 


Related Posts

New research on key role major economies play in global tax avoidance

offshore-network_colorcorrectedAn important new study on Offshore Financial Centres (OFCs) from the University of Amsterdam has made some fascinating discoveries, challenging, as the Financial Secrecy Index has, the popular misconception that tax havens are only palm fringed little islands and exposing that in fact major economies play a key role in global tax avoidance. Specifically they’ve […]

READ MORE →

Launch of international research collaboration, #AltAusterity

alt austerityToday is the launch of #AltAusterity, a new, international research collaboration of which Tax Justice Network is a partner.  The project aims to stimulate public debate on the subject of austerity though high quality research. It is a response to the lack of evidence which has underpinned the current policy agenda on austerity. The project […]

READ MORE →

RB tax avoidance – company calls for public country by country reporting after Oxfam report reveals profit shifting

pictureOxfam has today released a report on tax dodging by RB, the company formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser and the maker of thousands of well known household products. The report looks at the 2012 restructuring of the company which saw it set up ‘hubs’ in the Netherlands, Dubai and Singapore, all well known corporate tax […]

READ MORE →

Half measures mean Mauritius will continue to be a tax haven for the developing world

MauritiusThere was news this week that Mauritius has signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI). This is an initiative from the OECD to allow countries to take measures designed to stop tax avoidance by multinational companies and put them into their existing network of […]

READ MORE →

G20: Pressure rising on tax haven USA

HamburgWhilst the eyes of the world focused on the isolation of the US from the ‘G19’ position on climate change, something remarkable played out elsewhere in the process. Following closely the common EU position that we highlighted a few days ago, the G20 communique devotes important space to tax justice. It’s so good we quote […]

READ MORE →

About The Author

Nicholas Shaxson is a journalist and writer on the staff of Tax Justice Network. He is author of the book Poisoned Wells about the oil industry in Africa, published in 2007, and the more recent Treasure Islands: Tax havens and the Men who Stole the World, published by Random House in January 2011. He lives in Berlin
View all posts by

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top