What if tax reform was a fundamental human right?

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xIn January we blogged our 2016 Tax Justice and Human Rights essay competition, in partnership with Oxfam. It was a competition aimed at legal students and professionals, seeking ideas on how human rights law can be used in the fight against tax dodging.

The winning student submission was from Megan Jones, a PhD Candidate at the Queensland University of Technology. She has written a joint article in The Conversation, with Kerrie Sadiq, a TJN Senior Adviser who is also Jones’ supervisor. Its title is What if tax reform was a fundamental human right?

The introduction states:

“Most would argue that tax revenue should be sufficient to meet basic economic and social needs of the community. But how does a community determine what these basic economic and social needs should be? One way is by using a human rights framework. This can provide guidance for both developing and developed countries considering tax reform.”

Now read on.

For our tax justice and human rights permanent page.




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2 thoughts on “What if tax reform was a fundamental human right?

  1. Webster Sinkala says:

    How I wish I knew about the essay competition earlier. Well, I also feel Tax reform should be a human right because its has the power to automatically bring about excellent development for all . The UN should consider and accept the push for the Global Tax Body to ensure transparency,accountability and progressive spending because only such measures will reduce the unfair gap between Rich and Poor especially in our developing Countries where the governments and Politicians also involved in Tax Dodging practices and usually protect the Multinational Companies. Learning from the Panama Tax Scandal has increased my passion for activism to help inform,educate, inspire and influence our governments,students,fellow Activists and General public about the power of Fair Taxation and why we should ensure and encourage Public Country by country reporting. I believe that only when we can raise and speak one voice ,is when we can make it for Tax Justice.

  2. As simple as equality as a right…

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