This new book from Oxford University Press, edited by Thomas Pogge and Krishen Mehta, publishes fifteen chapters by leading tax justice scholars on different topics ranging from country-by-country reporting to unitary taxation, from automatic information exchange to tax wars, with clear and practicable policy recommendations for how to move forward on a tax justice agenda.
Tax Justice Network and Oxfam are joining together to launch a tax justice and human rights essay competition for legal students and professionals. With tax justice rising up the human rights agenda, we want to hear your ideas on how human rights law can be used in the fight against tax dodging.
The Greatest Invention: Tax and the Campaign for a Just Society
Foreword by John Christensen
Experts wanted for hazardous mission. Small wages, fierce resistance, many years in the wilderness, constant pressure. November 10, 2003
Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership elections in the UK and Bernie Sanders’ barn-storming campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in the U.S. have brought economic justice into the very centre of political debate in the English-speaking world. Ideas that once seemed marginal are now becoming part of a new common sense.
Since 2003 the Tax Justice Nework has been analysing the offshore system and the global economy on which it depends. Its members around the world have been developing both a critique of the current order (Treasure Islands, The Price of Offshore) and a programme of reform (automatic information exchange, country-by-country reporting). Working on a shoestring, they can claim to belong to one of this century’s most influential NGOs.
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The Greatest Invention: Tax and the Campaign for a Just Society is released worldwide on September 24, 2015
216 x 140mm – £12.99 / $18.99 / €15.99
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“Questions of taxation are important in themselves, and they also unlock wider fundamental debates about the nature of our society. TJN has been at the forefront of opening up such issues.” Doreen Massey, author of World City
“When big businesses and the rich avoid paying their fair share of tax, they cheat us all. The Tax Justice Network describes, in plain English, how they do it, what its consequences are and how to stop it. If you want a fair society, start reading here.” Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level
The initial list of signatories will be announced on World Public Services Day, 23 June 2015, the culmination of the Global Week of Action for #TaxJustice. Additional signatories will be continue to be welcomed beyond that date.
The Lima Declaration arises from the international strategy meeting, “Advancing Tax Justice through Human Rights,” held in Lima, Peru in April 2015, convened by the Center for Economic and Social Rights, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Oxfam, Red Latinoamericana sobre Deuda, Desarrollo y Derechos (LatinDADD), Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe and the Tax Justice Network.
Sign up to the Declaration here.
See the Declaration with initial signatories here.
We have just put together a promotional video for TJN, to help explain our role in the fast-growing tax justice debates. We’ll place this video permanently on our home page, below the blogs, and on our Tax Justice TV page.
We have also just started soliciting testimonials from various people about TJN’s role, and this morning we received this one, via e-mail.
“TJN has done more than any other organization to put fiscal justice at the center of the policy agenda. Tax issues should not be left to those who want to escape taxes! Changes will come when more and more citizens of the world take ownership of these matters. TJN is a powerful force acting in this direction.”
– Thomas Piketty