Advocacy tools on tax policy and international cooperation for human rights

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RightingFinanceAOur friends at Righting Finance have released their fourth in a series of advocacy tools on tax policy and international cooperation for human rights. The aim of these advocacy tools is to assist education and dissemination of the standards on tax policy and human rights contained in a report produced by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in 2014.

You can download their fourth and final advocacy tool here. It’s also available in Spanish. As they summarise in their blog, some of the recommended questions for reflection are:

Does the state have processes to ensure double taxation agreements are consistent with its human rights obligations, from negotiation to implementation? How about tax stability agreements signed by it or by its companies with other states? What actions has the state taken to avoid its citizens, as well as companies registered or operating in its jurisdiction do not use tax havens to facilitate tax abuse or other illicit activities?

Now read on.

Fortunately, tax justice is now fast emerging as a core concern of the human rights community. You can read up on tax justice and human rights in our Human Rights section.

 


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Naomi Fowler

Naomi is TJN's creative and accessibility strategist. She also produces and presents the Taxcast, TJN's monthly podcast/radio show, directs TJN's monthly podcast/radio show in Spanish, Justicia ImPositiva and she's currently setting up Arabic and French monthly tax justice radio programmes. She produced programming for broadcasters around the world for 15 years, was Programme Director at a radio station in Central America and has lived and worked in various countries. She's currently based between London, Sicily and Spain.
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  1. Tax justice means that governments should not collect money that comes from earnings, purchases not capital gains. True justice is by taxing the rights to hold opportunity, namely the rights to natural resources. Whether land is being properly used or not its opportunity should be shared and the benefits morally should go to the whole of the population.

    TAX LAND NOT PEOPLE; TAX TAKINGS NOT MAKINGS!

    17 Aspects of Land Value Tax (LVT) Affecting Government, Land Owners, Communities and Ethics

    Four Aspects for Government:
    1. LVT, adds to the national income as do other taxation systems, but it replaces them.
    2. The cost of collecting the LVT is less than for all of the production-related taxes–tax avoidance becomes impossible because the sites are visible to all.
    3. Consumers pay less for their purchases due to lower production costs (see below). This creates greater satisfaction with the management of national affairs.
    4. The national economy stabilizes—it no longer experiences the 18 year business boom/bust cycle, due to periodic speculation in land values (see below).

    Six Aspects Affecting Land Owners:
    5. LVT is progressive–owners of the most potentially productive sites pay the most tax.
    6. The land owner pays his LVT regardless of how his site is used. A large proportion of the ground-rent from tenants becomes the LVT, with the result that land has less sales-value but a significant “rental”-value (even when it is not used).
    7. LVT stops speculation in land prices and the withholding of land from proper use is not worthwhile.
    8. The introduction of LVT initially reduces the sales price of sites, even though their rental value can still grow over a longer term. As more sites become available, the competition for them is less fierce.
    9. With LVT, land owners are unable to pass the tax on to their tenants as rent hikes, due to the reduced competition for access to the additional sites that come into use.
    10. With LVT, land prices will initially drop. Speculators in land values will want to foreclose on their mortgages and withdraw their money for reinvestment. Therefore LVT should be introduced gradually, to allow these speculators sufficient time to transfer their money to company-shares etc., and simultaneously to meet the increased demand for produce (see below).

    Three Aspects Regarding Communities:
    11. With LVT, there is an incentive to use land for production or residence, rather than it being unused.
    12. With LVT, greater working opportunities exist due to cheaper land and a greater number of available sites. Consumer goods become cheaper too, because entrepreneurs have less difficulty in starting-up their businesses and because they pay less ground-rent–demand grows, unemployment decreases.
    13. Investment money is withdrawn from land and placed in durable capital goods. This means more advances in technology and cheaper goods too.

    Four Aspects About Ethics:
    14. The collection of taxes from productive effort and commerce is socially unjust. LVT replaces this extortion by gathering the surplus rental income, which comes without any exertion from the land owner or by the banks– LVT is a natural system of national income-gathering.
    15. Bribery and corruption on information about land cease. Before, this was due to the leaking of news of municipal plans for housing and industrial development, causing shock-waves in local land prices (and municipal workers’ and lawyers’ bank balances).
    16. The improved use of the more central land reduces the environmental damage due to a) unused sites being dumping-grounds, and b) the smaller amount of fossil-fuel use, when traveling between home and workplace.
    17. Because the LVT eliminates the advantage that landlords currently hold over our society, LVT provides a greater equality of opportunity to earn a living. Entrepreneurs can operate in a natural way– to provide more jobs. Then earnings will correspond to the value that the labor puts into the product or service. Consequently, after LVT has been properly introduced it will eliminate poverty and improve business ethics.

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