From the Treasure Islands blog, reposted with permission.
Ireland continues to annoy me. Not Ireland the country, of course: it’s just the tax haven industry that has grown upthere. It annoys me because there are so many influential voices there that deny Ireland is a tax haven. All tax havens deny being tax havens, but Ireland seems to have taken it to extremes of huffing and puffing: a veritable industry of tax haven deniers has grown up there. I guess it is the sheer scale of the dishonesty that riles me.
Tax justice: a human rights issue
If you ask the question “Is tax justice a human rights issue?” you tend to get one of two responses. Some people say of course it is; others can’t see the link at all.
But if you say there is a relationship between tax and poverty, people often see it more clearly.
Yesterday we posted a blog looking at a New York Times editorial entitled Abolish the Corporate Income Tax, exposing many of the numerous fallacies and misunderstandings at the base of it. Forgive us for going on about this, but it is important.
Now Citizens for Tax Justice in the U.S. has produced an article of their own, which complements ours and adds several more important points. It starts like this:
Another year, another campaign to give even bigger breaks to corporations and claim that this will create jobs.
Time to abolish the corporate tax? Learned professor creates huge tax model to illustrate . . . nothing
Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, a professor of economics at Boston University, has written an opinion article in the New York Times headlined Abolish the Corporate Income Tax.
May 2013 – Looking at persistent and powerful myths in contemporary economics.
- The mythical Adam Smith – Daniel Stedman-Jones
- The City of London in myth and reality – Aeron Davis
- Enterprise and rent-seeking: a mythical conflation – William Davies
- Economic illiteracy in UK politics –Robin Ramsay
Click here for the full edition.
May 2013 – TJF explores some of the most persistent and powerful myths in contemporary economics. Click here. Our lead articles: