Tax Justice Blog

Britain’s first tax justice election? Our June 2017 Podcast

In our June 2017 Taxcast we ask – has the UK just had its first tax justice general election? Why was economic debate around the election so ill-informed? Are we seeing a popular shift towards tax justice in the UK and in the USA? Is this the beginning of the end of our long austerity winter? How much do people REALLY care about taxes, who pays them and who doesn’t?

Featuring: Vanessa Williamson, Governance Studies Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes, John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network, Will Snell of Tax Justice UK and with brief appearances by President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Produced and presented by the the Tax Justice Network’s Naomi Fowler.

The BVI: Responsible for worldwide tax losses of $37.5 billion a year

June 21, 2017   Blog

An extraordinary report by consultants Capital Economics, for BVI Finance, claims that the British Virgin Islands are responsible for $1.5 trillion of assets invested around the world, and that these result in 2.2 million jobs and $15 billion in tax revenue. A better approximation would be that the BVI imposes global tax losses of $37.5 billion every year.

Event: Making Tax Work for Women in the UK and Globally

June 21, 2017   Blog, Events

On Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 16.30 our very own Liz Nelson will be speaking at an event in London that aims to bring together gender and tax justice advocates to highlight the need for coherent and gender-responsive fiscal policies to safeguard the rights of women and girls both in the UK and globally.

The event is being organised by Christian Aid, ActionAid, Gender and Development Network, FEMNET, WomanKind, Women’s Budget Group (WBG)

The panellists are: Dinah Musindarwezo (FEMNET), Mary-Ann Stephenson (WBG), Liz Nelson (Tax Justice Network), Jalia Kangave (ICTD)

If you would like to attend please contact Cheyenne Robinson at Cheyenne.Robinson [at] actionaid.org by Friday 23rd June

Historic event on women, human rights and tax justice in Bogota

June 20, 2017   Blog, Events, Human Rights

Last week civil society organisations, researchers, labour union activists and policy makers met in Bogota, Colombia to explore how tax justice issues can ensure governments, multinational corporations and others meet their obligations to women in order to secure their full range of human rights.

The Women’s Rights and Tax Justice conference opened with a conversation between Rosa Pavenelli (Gen.Secretary of Public Services International) Jose Antonio Ocampo, Chairman of the Board of Banco del Republica (Central Bank of Colombia) and Maria Nieves Rico (Director of Gender Affairs, CEPAL) They highlighted how critical it is that multinational companies ‘pay their fair share’ as their contribution to the tax base in jurisdictions in which they operate.

Delegates shared knowledge and expertise on the impacts of the extractive industries, of climate finance and discriminatory tax regimes on women’s human rights. Constitutional and legislative issues, campaigns and points of policy influence were explored, all moving towards a long term vision for collaboration.

The Tax Justice Network was co-organiser of the event and was represented by Liz Nelson, Fariya Mohiuddin and Marta Nuñez, co-presenter of the Tax Justice Network’s monthly Spanish language podcast Justicia Impositiva.

We’ll be writing and researching much more in this under-reported area very soon.

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