Tax Justice Events

Events related to tax justice, secrecy, tax havens and more.

2016

September 23 - Roundtable discussion: Tax Justice NOT Tax Havens - European Parliament, Dublin, Ireland

Guest speaker TJN’s Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

This event will bring together activists and academics from across Ireland for a roundtable discussion on tax justice. The first session will focus on the Panama Papers revelations and international efforts to combat tax avoidance, tax evasion and money-laundering; and the second session will focus on the tax avoidance strategies in place by multinationals in Ireland and the shortcomings in Irish tax law that need to be addressed by policy-makers.

For more information, see here.

Ongoing - Occupy London Tours

Occupy London Tours is a free tour company, run by volunteers, who want to throw open the secretive world of finance and politics for all to see.

The tours are designed to be informative, entertaining and – most importantly – accessible. The aim to is to enable people from London, the UK and all over the world to engage with the financial system and its impact on their lives.

The tours offer a critique of the status quo without being politically affiliated.

For information see here.

Past events

2016

August 12 - World Social Forum: Campaign Training - Tax Justice & the Extractive Industries, Montréal

Discussion workshop
Université du Québec à Montréal, Aug 12 2016 9:00 – 11:30

Join Tax Justice & the Extractive Industries campaign trainings (offered in Spanish, French, English) bringing together people from south and north. Trainings will ideally be held all on one morning, followed by an afternoon forum with all three language groups to discuss common messaging, strategies and opportunities for joint action at national, regional and global levels.

Presented by: Global Alliance for Tax Justice [Tax Justice Network–Africa, Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe, Asian Tax & Fiscal Justice Alliance, North America (Canadians for Tax Fairness/ Fact Coalition/TJN-USA), Tax Justice Europe], RightingFinance, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, MiningWatch Canada, AWID, Eurodad, Tax Justice Network, Oxfam, ActionAid, Christian Aid, Public Services International, KEPA (Finnish NGO Platform), Global Progressive Forum & more.

For information, see here.

August 11 - World Social Forum: Campaign Training - Women & Girls, Equality & Tax Justice, Montréal

Roundtable
Université du Québec à Montréal
Aug 11 2016 13:00 – 15:30

Join this important discussion on how we can achieve gender justice along with tax justice. The growing misuse of tax cuts, combined with austerity and privatization measures, is undercutting women’s progress toward economic and social equality. The resulting drop in tax revenues is used to justify cutting vital public services, jobs, and sustainable development funds. Around the world, the tax burden is being shifted from progressive taxes on corporate income to regressive consumption taxes (VAT/TVA) paid by common people. The rich are getting richer by designing and exploiting the loopholes of tax cuts, tax holidays, and tax havens. Women, particularly poor and indigenous women, are paying the heaviest price for these misguided policies. Girls’ education in particular has suffered from the proliferation of privatized schools. Presented by ActionAid together with Global Alliance for Tax Justice [Tax Justice Network–Africa, Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe, Asian Tax & Fiscal Justice Alliance, North America (Canadians for Tax Fairness/ Fact Coalition/TJN-USA), Tax Justice Europe], RightingFinance, AWID, Eurodad, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Public Services International, Tax Justice Network, KEPA, Global Progressive Forum and more partners.

For information, see here.

August 11 - World Social Forum: Tax Justice & Human Rights Forum, Montréal

Discussion workshop
Université du Québec à Montréal
Aug 11 2016 9:00 – 11:30

Join discussion on how governments must apply equitable taxation policies to meet their obligations to deliver social and economic rights to everyone. Taxation is critical to finance for development and a powerful tool for stimulating poverty reduction – including sustainable investment in public services and infrastructure. Taxation is a key means for ensuring women’s equality.

Presented by: Global Alliance for Tax Justice [Tax Justice Network–Africa, Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe, Asian Tax & Fiscal Justice Alliance, North America (Canadians for Tax Fairness/ Fact Coalition/TJN-USA), Tax Justice Europe], RightingFinance, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, MiningWatch Canada, AWID, Eurodad, Tax Justice Network, Oxfam, ActionAid, Christian Aid, Public Services International, KEPA (Finnish NGO Platform), Global Progressive Forum & more.

For information, see here.

August 11 - World Social Forum: Disarm finance and achieve tax justice, Montréal

Convergence assembly
Université du Québec à Montréal
Aug 11 2016 16:00 – 18:00

Contribute creative ideas and strategies to advance the global campaign to make multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax, and to ensure our governments invest the funds in public services and the environment to end inequality and poverty. A “Tax Justice to Deliver Human Rights” communiqué will be deliberated and approved for international distribution at close of WSF.

Presented by : Global Alliance for Tax Justice [Tax Justice Network–Africa, Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe, Asian Tax & Fiscal Justice Alliance, North America (Canadians for Tax Fairness/ Fact Coalition/TJN-USA), Tax Justice Europe], RightingFinance, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, MiningWatch Canada, AWID, Eurodad, Tax Justice Network, Oxfam, ActionAid, Christian Aid, Public Services International, KEPA (Finnish NGO Platform), Global Progressive Forum & more.

For information, see here.

August 10 - World Social Forum: Tax Justice and Fight against Poverty, Montréal

Discussion workshop
Université du Québec à Montréal
Aug 10 2016 13:00 – 15:30

The irresponsibility of speculators in a deregulated world, as well as the unlimited ambition and the lack of scruples and solidarity have triggered a world crisis that has resulted in poverty, rising inequalities and a huge debt crises, in developed as well as developing countries. In these hard times, where internationality could play the role of a global economic stabilizer, solidarity and social justice have become one of the greatest challenges of our times – and tax justice is at the heart of the debate. We need to find new sources of revenue, either by tackling tax evasion and avoidance or by enhancing new instruments to finance development.

Format:

This workshop aims at maximising the debate between the speakers and the participants at the conference, thanks to active moderation. With this purpose in mind, we have decided to adopt a format of discussions that will privilege interaction. The moderator will have the task to lead a lively discussion, with a flexible management of speakers and audience, using this focused briefing with a set of potential questions. We kindly ask speakers not to prepare ready-to-read speeches but short introductions of 5 minutes maximum. As there are 180 minutes available for each workshop (TBC), the speakers and the participants should not have lengthy contributions.

For information, see here.

April 28 to 29 - Research Workshop: Corruption And The Role Of Tax Havens, London

For the programme, see our blog post here

In May 2016 the U.K Government will be hosting a global summit on corruption. Ahead of this event, the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs, City University, and the Tax Justice Network, are organising a research-led workshop to explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in providing a criminogenic interface facilitating corruption and corrupting activities, and illicit financial flows. The workshop will also explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in corrupting the entire global financial system, and examine the role of professional ‘enablers’ in constructing and protecting the system.

Other related themes are likely to emerge as the workshop programme develops ahead of the global summit.

This workshop will bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy staff of civil society organisations, activists, consultants and professionals, elected politicians and/or their researchers, and government or international organisation officials.

The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate research on corruption and the role of tax havens through open-minded debate and discussion, and to generate ideas and proposals to inform and shape the political initiatives and campaigns already under way.

There will be a small charge for attendance at the Workshop. Participants are usually expected to finance their own travel although applications from students and others with limited means for bursary support will be considered.

More information about this workshop is available from: Alex Cobham, Tax Justice Network, alex(at)taxjustice.net

See our blog post on the Call for Papers here. A PDF version of this Call for Papers is available here.

 

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April 28 - Royal African Society/TJN Event - Illicit financial flows after ‘Panamania’: Seizing the moment, London

The first evening of TJN’s annual research workshop at City University will feature a special public event, jointly organised with the Royal African Society, on the policy implications of the Panama Papers, and the future of financial secrecy.
Thursday, 28 April 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm. See details on our blog post here

April 26 - S&D Conference: Together for Tax Justice: Why EU tax policy matters for developing countries, Brussels

Organised by ActionAid, Eurodad and Oxfam, together with the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament. Held at the European Parliament in Brussels (room TBC), on Tuesday 26 April 2016 from 12h00 to 14h30. For details and registration see here.

April 20 to 24 - ActionAid: 2016 Make Tax Fair, Everywhere Speaker Tour - Activists from Africa and Latin America visit Europe

See information on ActionAid’s website here.

Press Release from ActionAid UK:

Tax dodging campaigners to visit London

Tax campaigners from some of the poorest countries in the world are hosting a public event in London to recruit local people to the fight against tax dodging by big companies.

The event will be held on Sunday 24th April, from 2pm till 4:30pm, at Mary’s (Next to St Mary’s Church), Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX.

To attend please RSVP at www.actionaid.org.uk/mtftour or ring Judith Fagelson on 07930620118

The massive Panama Papers leak has offered a window on the global network of tax havens which big companies are using to avoid taxes in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Gertrude Chirwa from Malawi and Cecilia Mulenga from Zambia will be sharing their experiences in the fight to change the unfair global tax rules that make it possible for companies to dodge billions of pounds of tax in developing countries every year.

The event is being run as part of anti-poverty charity ActionAid’s campaign to tackle corporate tax dodging in poor countries. Their tax tour will include events in 11 countries across Europe, including Denmark, France and the UK.

Gertrude and Cecilia will explain how tax avoidance costs developing countries an estimated $200 billion a year, with women and girls living in poverty paying the price as key public services like schools and hospitals are starved of funding. They’ll talk about the impact of unfair tax rules in their own countries, and how they’re campaigning to make tax fair, everywhere.

The event will include a workshop on campaigning to get your local MP to take action in Parliament.

Gertrude Chirwa, ActionAid campaigner from Malawi, said:
“Growing up I went to schools that did not have sufficient infrastructure, I went to hospitals that were not able to offer the healthcare people needed. It is often women and girls living in poverty who lose out when key public services don’t get the investment they need. Hopefully people in London will feel inspired to go out and campaign to make sure big companies pay their fair share in poorer countries.”

Maria Saugar, ActionAid Local Organiser in Brent, said:
“Corporate tax scandals show how angry the British public are that big business isn’t paying its fair share. This event will be about giving local people the skills they need to campaign to make tax fair in some of the poorest countries in the world.”

Event details: 2pm till 4:30pm at Mary’s (Next to St Mary’s Church), Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX.

RSVP here: www.actionaid.org.uk/mtftour
Or contact: Judith Fagelson, judith.actionaid@gmail.com, Tel: 07930620118.

April 14 - The Night Before Taxes: The Global Decline of Tax Justice & What To Do About It, Washington D.C.

TJN eventFrom the Institute for International Economic Policy:

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

5:30 – 8:30 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213

Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The Institute for International Economic Policy at the George Washington University is pleased to host a special film screening, book release, and panel discussion on global tax reform on Thursday, April 14, in the Elliott School of International Affairs. The program has been brought to GWU through the efforts of James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs and former Director of IIEP at GWU and by Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. If you are in search of a deeper understanding of the “offshore” financial world being exposed in the Panama Papers scandal – and interested in what countries, individually and collectively, can do to stem this massive drain on their resources– please join us on the night before taxes.

February 18 - Conference: No Taxes, No Development, Berlin

World Economy, Ecology and Development – WEED, The German Network for Tax Justice and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung cordially invite you to our international expert conference “No Taxes, No Development – Ways to a Just Taxation of Multinational Corporations”; on February 18th, 2016, 9:30-17:30 h at FES Berlin.

For details see here.

January 27 - Don’t miss the Tax Justice Train: The Future of Europe is also built on better tax policies, Luxembourg

The event is being hosted by the newly launched Tax Justice Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourg).

January 19 - Unfair?! How fairly are taxes in Germany distributed?, Berlin

Panel discussion hosted by InfoRadio, includes TJN’s Markus Meinzer, author of Steueroase Deutschland (Tax Haven Germany).

For details see here.

For more information on the book “Tax Haven Germany”, see our blog here.

2015

December 16 - Book launch: "Capital flight from Africa - Causes, effects and policy issues", Oslo

Book launch event hosted by Norad. Round table discussion includes TJN’s Director of Research Alex Cobham. For details see here.

December 7 - Film screening of "The UK Gold", Luxembourg

The event is being hosted by Etika und ATTAC Luxemburg, For details see here.

For more information on the film “The UK Gold”, see our blog here.

December 7 - Talk on "Steueroase Deutschland" ("Tax Haven Germany"), Luxembourg

The event is being hosted by Etika und ATTAC Luxemburg, For details see here.

For more information on the book “Tax Haven Germany”, see our blog here.

December 2 - Panel discussion on "Steueroase Deutschland?" ("Tax Haven Germany"?), Berlin

The event is being held at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. For details see their website here, as well as blog steuergerechtigkeit.

For more information on the book “Tax Haven Germany”, see our blog here.

November 16 to 20 - Finance Uncovered: Financial Investigative Journalism Training Course, London, UK

The Tax Justice Network and the Centre of Investigative Journalism are delighted to put out a call to journalists, campaigners and academics to attend our highly regarded five-day financial investigative journalism training course in London.

The dates for our next training will be: 16 November 2015 – 20 November 2015

Finance Uncovered (formerly known as the Illicit Finance Journalism Programme) equips journalists and researchers from all over the world with the skills to undertake tax abuse, money laundering and corruption investigations.

This course will also draw the links between tax justice and human rights.

For more information see the TJN blog here, and the Centre of Investigative Journalism site here.

November 17 - Transparency International - Country-by-Country Reporting (CBCR) One Year After Luxleaks: Potential Or Missed Opportunity? - European Parliament

Hosted by MEP Elly Schlein (S&D), Co-Chair of the Intergroup on integrity, transparency, corruption and organised crime—ITCO.

Special guests include:

Kristof Clerix, member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), covering the Luxleaks revelations

Elise J. Bean, former Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee of Investigations

See here for further information, including venue details.

November 10 to 11 - Latindadd: Regional Round table on International Taxation, Quito, Ecuador

Event organised by The Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights (Latindadd), the Inter-American Center of tax administrations (CIAT) and the Internal Revenue Service of Ecuador (SRI).

Objectives of the meeting:

 Contribute to a discussion on the scope and limits of BEPS and the institutional architecture in matters of taxation
 Delve into a diagnosis on the contributions of the BEPS process for developing countries

Participants:
 Tax administrations from 10 countries of South America
 Tax authorities from 6 countries of Central America
 Tax administrations from 3 countries of the Caribbean
 Regional bodies (CIAT, Union regional UNASUR-COSEFIN-CELAC, ECLAC, IDB)
 International organizations (IMF, World Bank, United Nations)
 Civil society (Latindadd, Tax Justice Network, BEPS Monitoring Group, TJN)

For further information and the agenda, see here.

November 3 - Global tax reform: the end of the beginning? Event organized by ActionAid, Christian Aid & Oxfam. Palace of Westminster, London

Speakers include:
•Professor Jose Antonio Ocampo, Director of Economic and Political Development at Columbia University, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Minister of Finance of Colombia, nominee for President of the World Bank and Chair of the Independent Commission for the Reform of Corporate Taxation (ICRICT)
•Stephen Twigg MP, chair of the International Development Select Committee
•Rev. Suzanne Matale, Ordained Minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, General Secretary of the Council of Churches in Zambia, and member of ICRICT
•Jane McCormick, KPMG Head of Tax for EMA region
•Government minister,(tbc)
•Chaired by: Vanessa Houlder, Tax Correspondent for the FT

Please email Shajjad.ali@actionaid.org by 27 October to reserve your place.

For further information see here

November 2 - Book Launch: "Steueroase Deutschland" ("Tax Haven Germany"), Berlin

Check our Blog and Twitter for news of the launch. Also, see here for information on the event in Berlin to launch the Financial Secrecy Index along with the book “Steueroase Deutschland” (“Tax Haven Germany”).

November 2 - Launch of the 2015 Financial Secrecy Index

Check our Blog and Twitter for news of the launch. Also, see here for information on the event in Berlin to launch the Financial Secrecy Index along with the book “Steueroase Deutschland” (“Tax Haven Germany”).

October 20 to 21 - Many Voices, One Purpose: The 6th Financial Transparency Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia

From the Financial Transparency Coalition, of which TJN is a member:

Register and FAQ here.

Join civil society, government officials, journalists, and experts as we discuss illicit financial flows and their effect on Indonesia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world. In this two-day event, we’ll collaborate, spark debate, and explore ways to stop the illicit financial flows that are stifling our economic growth and development.

October 20 - Global Tax Reform Beyond BEPS, Geneva

Round table discussion – side-event during the meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

This event is organized by ICRICT with the collaboration of The Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Eurodad, Misereor, Alliance Sud, Global Policy Forum and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Fore more information see here.

September 22 - Gabriel Zucman presents his book “Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens”, Washington D.C.

From the website of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth:

Zucman offers an inventive and rigorous approach to quantifying how big the problem of tax havens are, how they work and are organized, and how we can begin to approach a solution. His research reveals that tax havens are quickly a growing danger to the world economy. In the past five years, the amount of wealth in tax havens has increased over twenty five percent – and there has never been as much money held offshore as there is today. Fighting the notion that any attempts to solve the tax haven problem are futile, since some countries will always offer more advantageous tax rates than others, as well as the counter-argument that after the financial crisis many countries have successfully fought tax evasion, Zucman argues that both sides are actually very wrong.

Hidden Wealth of Nations offers an ambitious agenda for reform, focused on ways in which countries can change the incentives of tax havens. The author argues that only by first understanding the extent of wealth held in secret can policymakers begin to address the problem.

For more information on the event, and to register, see here.

September 17 to 19 - Mapping the Future of Development Economics, @UNUWIDER 30th anniversary conference, Helsinki, FInland

TJN’S research director Alex Cobham will be speaking at the tax session.

From the conference website:

To celebrate 30 years of research for development, UNU-WIDER is holding a three-day event of presentations, discussion and debate. The conference will address the biggest dilemmas of our time: environment and climate change; conflict; macro-economic stabilization and adjustment; transition; inclusive growth, foreign aid, inequality and gender equality. By celebrating 30 years of valuable work, as well as bold, new approaches, the ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’ conference will help to frame the past and future of development economics.

For more information, see the conference website here.

September 17 to 18 - PSI/ FES Global Labour Tax Summit, Geneva, Switzerland

This summit, being held by Public Services International in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), will examine tax issues from a labour perspective. It will bring together leading global experts, trade union leaders from the public and private sector, civil society and government representatives from around the world to share information and discuss the threats posed to public services, democracy and workers. Most of all the Summit will be looking for strategic opportunities and planning for action – so the organizers are looking for motivated capable people who will return to their country to spread the word. There will be Spanish, French and English interpretation.

You can find programme and registration details on the PSI website.

August 10 to 14 - Financing Africa’s Economic Development: Where is the Money? - Nairobi, Kenya

The International Tax Justice Academy (ITJA) is an annual training that begun in 2014 by Tax Justice Network–Africa (TJN-A), a Pan Africa initiative and a member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice. This year´s training is entitled “Financing Africa´s Economic Development: Where is the money?“. The training will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from August 10 to 14.

The academy offers training that will empower existing partners across Africa and outside the continent with knowledge. It is believed that the training will further impact their work and inform potential or other interested parties as they embark on tax work in different fields.

The one week training program comprises of lectures, case studies and interactive group work/presentations and peer learning. During the training the participants are provided with materials and an opportunity to engage with the various tax experts to discuss the discourse further.

Partners:

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation;
The Financial Transparency Coalition;
Tax Justice Network;

Implementing Team:

– Alvin Mosioma, Executive Director, TJN-A

– Sandra Kidwingira, Programe, Institutional Development, and Support Manager, TJN-A

– Savior Mwambwa, Policy and Advocacy Manager, TJN-A

– Kwesi Obeng, Communications and Campaigns Officer, TJN-A

– Eve Odete, ITJA 2015 Course Coordinator

– Linda Odhiambo, ITJA 2015 Communications Coordinator

– David Ekiru, ITJA 2015 Logistics Coordinator

July 13 to 16 - UN third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa

The third International Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015. It will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities. The Conference will result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

For more information see here.

See also: Financing development: NGO input for the UN meeting in 2015

June 25/26 - Research Workshop: Should Nations Compete? City of London University

Update – for agenda and registration see here.

City University, London, 25th / 26th June 2015

The 2015 research workshop co-organised by the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs, City University, and the Tax Justice Network, will explore the notion of national ‘competitiveness’. This opens up possibilities for papers on a wide variety of themes, including tax wars (tax ‘competition’), the dynamics of ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ politics, regulatory degradation, regulatory arbitrage, policy responses to ‘competitiveness’ pressures, and the impact of ‘competitiveness’ policies on home countries and third party countries.

Other related themes are likely to emerge as the workshop programme develops.

Offers of papers are especially welcome and early submission of an abstract of no longer than 300 words is encouraged. All submissions will be considered by the organising committee.

This workshop will bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy staff of civil society organisations, consultants and professionals, elected politicians and/or their researchers, and government or international organisation officials.

The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate research through open-minded debate and discussion, and to generate ideas and proposals to inform and shape the political initiatives and campaigns already under way.

There will be a small charge for attendance at the Workshop. Participants are usually expected to finance their own travel although applications from students and others with limited means for bursary support will be considered.

More information about this workshop is available from: John Christensen, Tax Justice Network, john@taxjustice.net

June 19 - The Price We Pay – London premiere

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Harold Crooks’ (The Corporation, Surviving Progress) searing documentary indictment of offshore finance gets it UK premiere at the Open City Documentary Festival in London on 19th June, and will also be screened the following week at TJN’s discussion workshop at City University.  Both screenings will be accompanied by panel discussions involving participants in the film, including TJN’s John Christensen, James Henry and Nick Shaxson.

Watch The Price We Pay trailer.

Watch the interview with Harold Crooks broadcast recently by the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

Watch this excerpt from the film featuring producer Brigitte Alepin

Praise for The Price We Pay:

“Director Harold Crooks’ well-crafted documentary offers a concise, engrossing and occasionally infuriating overview of the ways multinationals avoid taxes by stashing profits in offshore havens.”  Variety

“Rush out and catch Le Prix à Payer, a stunning, nail-it-to-the -wall Canadian documentary where bankers speak uninhibitedly about tax havens and top celebrity economists let it all hang out… A terrifying picture of an all-powerful market living way above the law.” Jean-Jacques Rue, Siné Mensuel

“Harold Crooks has revitalised the documentary treatment (of tax havens) by addressing the key political question:  the loss of tax revenues are a direct strike at democracy itself . . . Using their influence, the ultra rich and multinationals have successfully morphed the notion of ‘no taxation without representation’ into ‘representation of our interests, without taxation.’  The oligarchs have taken over.  Worse, according to John Christensen . . .  fascism now roams freely across Europe.”  Christian Chavagneux, Alternatives Economiques

 

June 16 to 23 - Global Week of Action for #TaxJustice

Update: The Campaign toolkit is available here, in English, French and Spanish.

GATJThe Global Week of Action for #TaxJustice, which will take place in June 16-23, 2015, aims to encourage and cross-promote diverse activities that are initiated across our tax justice communities, to increase public pressure on governments across the world.  Members and allies of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ), a sister organisation of ours (which originally emerged from TJN and is now a separate organisation) are kindly invited to join this initiative and organise or participate in activities in their countries.

The Global Alliance for Tax Justice and its regional members are working with Oxfam, ActionAid, Christian Aid, Public Services International and any other interested partners to coordinate country-level actions and make this Global Week of Action a reality.

The proposal is to begin with an FfD action in New York on June 16, hold diverse activities around the globe through the week, and conclude with a series of public actions on World Public Services Day on June 23. Activities may include film screenings, meeting with government leaders, participating in the GATJ photo petition or any other creative ideas you might have.

If you are interested in organizing or participating in activities in your country during this Global Week of Action for #TaxJustice, June 16-23, 2015, please contact GATJ Campaign + Communications Coordinator Teresa Marshall at Teresa@GlobalTaxJustice.org and Communications Officer Isabel Ortigosa at IsabelGATJ@gmail.com for further information and campaign support.

June 16/17 - Funding Democracy: Practical Alternatives to Global Austerity, Ottawa

Registration is now open for the June 16 & 17 Summit Funding Democracy: Practical Alternatives to Global Austerity in Ottawa, Canada. This event, an initiative of public service trade unions, is co-sponsored by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice.

Representatives from labour, employer, political, NGO and media organizations from around the world will be in attendance to focus on generating practical, sustainable alternatives to global austerity. Specifically, the event will be tackling issues such as fair taxation and income inequality; global corruption and whistleblower protection.

Some of the speakers that have confirmed already include:

Luis Moreno – Economist, Red de Justicia Fiscal América Latina y el Caribe + Global Alliance for Tax Justice (Peru)

Dennis Howlett – Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness (+ GATJ Canada)

Robert Reich – Former US Labour Secretary, political economist, professor and author (USA)

Jim Stanford – Canadian economist and founder of the Progressive Economics Forum

Rick Mercer – Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author

Linda McQuaig – Canadian author, journalist and political commentator

Alex Himelfarb – Former Clerk of the Privy Council and Canadian diplomat

Ladi Delano – Entrepreneur and CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa (BDA) (Nigeria)

Rosa Pavanelli – PSI General Secretary (Italy)

Ogmundur Jonasson – Icelandic Member of Parliament (Iceland)

Peter Dent – Transparency International & National Leader, Deloitte Forensic

Akaash Maharaj – Executive Director, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

David Yazbeck – Partner, Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne and Yazbeck

Patrice Poitevin – RCMP, Senior Investigator – Sensitive and International Investigations

Trish Hennessey – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Ontario)

Sergio Hemsani – Asociación Personal Organismos de Control / Unión Latinoamericana de Trabajadores de Organismos de Control Publico (Argentina)

Daniel Bertossa – Director, Policy and Governance, Public Services International (Australia)

Jürgen Buxbaum – Coordinator Public Administration and Multinational Enterprises, Public Services International (Germany)

To register for the event visit www.fundingdemocracy.com

June 12 - The Future of Fair Tax – new Government, new dawn? - London

From the Fair Tax Mark website:

‘Tax’ is the corporate responsibility issue of our day. The time has come for responsible tax payers to differentiate themselves from the avoiders and evaders, and lead the next big development in corporate responsibility.

How a business responds to this issue defines how it is viewed by a significant proportion of the public. For the last two years, corporate tax avoidance has been the number one concern of the UK public when it comes to business conduct. Tax avoidance was the break-through issue of the UK’s General Election of 2015.

This Conference will feature presentations from Fair Tax Mark corporate pioneers such as SSE plc and Midcounties Co-operative, and explore how a business can demonstrate that it pays the right amount of tax in the right place at the right time. It will also ask what the UK’s new Government means for the issue, and what sort of legislative framework is needed to ensure that aggressive tax avoidance is minimised.

This Conference will be the first time progressive businesses, politicians, accountants and NGOs have explored these issues in such depth together. With Fair Tax Marks now springing up in other countries, this is the tax event of the year.

For details of venue, the programme and registration, see here.

May 26 - ALDE seminar on tax evasion and tax avoidance

From the event website :

In the light of the LuxLeaks revelations, ALDE MEPs were the first to call for a special committee to investigate the practices of tax evasion and avoidance in November 2014. However, only in February 2015 has the “Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE)” been set up, which is due to finish its work within 6 months. Given this very short period of time and the high complexity of the subject matter, ALDE would like to create more awareness about the work of the committee and give participants of this seminar the possibility to get a deeper understanding and discuss the issues at stake with a range of high-level experts, such as Dr Achim Doerfer, author of “Die Steuervermeider” (“The Tax Avoiders”).

The seminar will be co-hosted by the Co-Rapporteur of TAXE, Michael Theurer MEP and Nils Torvalds MEP. The event will be in English, no interpretation will be provided and it will live streamed.

To register please follow the link on http://www.alde.eu/event-seminar/ and fill in the form before 12:00 on Friday, 22nd May. The seminar will be held 26 May 2015 in the European Parliament, 12-14 in Room Paul Henri Spaak 5B001, European Parliament, Brussels.

May 12 to 15 - 5th Illicit Finance Journalism Programme, held in London

The Illicit Finance Journalism Programme (IFJP) aims to increase the quantity and quality of illicit finance coverage in the media – predominantly in emerging and developing countries – through the training and mentoring of journalists.

The programme’s second objective is to equip civil society campaigners with technical knowledge to boost their confidence and effectiveness.

The IFJP works with the Centre of Investigative Journalism to provide an intensive but accessible four-day training course which runs twice a year.

For more information, see our webpage here

April 29/30 - Advancing Tax Justice through Human Rights: International Strategy Meeting, Lima

Post event update: see the statement from the meeting – Building the foundation for tax justice through human rights

Co-organized by the Center for Economic and Social Rights, Global Alliance for Tax Justice, LatinDADD, Oxfam, Red de Justicia Fiscal en América Latina y el Caribe and Tax Justice Network.

This first-of-its-kind convening will provide a key platform to share experiences, strategies and skills in bringing human rights norms and accountability to bear in tax policy and practice.

With inequalities deepening worldwide, the organizers will invite a select group of experienced practitioners, scholars, jurists and other relevant actors from both the tax justice and human rights fields to explore the vital role of tax policy in fulfilling human rights, as well as discuss how human rights instruments and mechanisms can be better deployed in efforts to bolster the resourcing, redistributive, regulatory and accountability functions of taxation.

In a spirit of mutual-learning, the meeting will also provide an opportunity to explore opportunities for improved collaborative research and advocacy to challenge unjust tax policies and to develop alternative human rights-centered tax practices.

This event will take place in Lima, Peru from April 29-30, 2015.

More details to follow!

Estimados colegas y amigos,
Reserve esta fechas para participar en una pionera Reunión Internacional de Estrategia
Avanzando la Justicia Tributaria a través de los Derechos Humanos
Co-organizado por la Alianza Mundial para la Justicia Fiscal, el Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales (CESR por sus siglas en inglés), LatinDADD, Oxfam, Red de Justicia Fiscal en América Latina y El Caribe y Tax Justice Network.

Esta Reunión Internacional de Estrategia busca proporcionar una plataforma clave para compartir experiencias, estrategias y herramientas orientadas a mostrar la relevancia de las normas y la rendición de cuentas de derechos humanos respecto a las políticas y las prácticas tributarias.

Frente a la profundización de las desigualdades en todo el mundo, las organizaciones convocantes invitarán a un selecto grupo de representantes de la sociedad civil, instituciones académicas, juristas y otras entidades relevantes tanto del campo de la justicia fiscal como de los derechos humanos a explorar el papel vital de la política tributaria en el cumplimiento de los derechos humanos, y a debatir sobre cómo los instrumentos y los mecanismos de derechos humanos se pueden implementar mejor en los esfuerzos para reforzar las funciones de la financiación, redistribución, regulación y rendición de cuentas del sistema tributario.

En el espíritu de mutuo aprendizaje, la reunión también constituirá un espacio para explorar oportunidades orientadas a mejorar la colaboración en la investigación e incidencia política, tanto para hacer frente a las políticas fiscales injustas como para proponer prácticas tributarias alternativas centradas en los derechos humanos.

Este evento se llevará a cabo en Lima, Perú, del 29 al 30 de Abril de 2015.

¡Recibirá más detalles pronto!

April 21 - World Premiere of The Emperor’s New Clothes

Michael Winterbottom’s latest film The Emperor’s New Clothes, starring comedian Russell Brand, and featuring a range of people familiar to the tax justice community, including TJN’s director John Christensen, gets it’s world premiere in British cinemas on 21st April.

Read more on the blog here.

April 9 - Global Tax Policy Conference 2015, Amsterdam

Invitation to the Global Tax Policy Conference 2015

The 2015 Global Tax Policy Conference focuses on global tax policy; one of the most important and controversial topics among policy makers, tax authorities, multinational enterprises, civil society and non-governmental organizations, tax advisors and academics.

The 2015 Global Tax Policy Conference will address the implications of spillovers in international corporate taxation: the impact that one country’s rules and practices have on others. This important topic can be considered to be a fundamental basis for the G20-OECD project on base erosion and profit shifting and for several actions of the European Commission on a range of issues bearing on tax spillovers in the context of the single market. However, spillovers are not only relevant for advanced economies. The IMF concluded that the tax spillover effect is even largest for developing countries: compared to OECD countries, the effects of tax spillovers on developing countries from other countries’ tax rates are two to three times larger. Revenue concerns are now prominent around the world, reflecting the need for consolidation while protecting spending in many advanced economies, and the need to support spending for poverty alleviation and growth in developing countries. Eliminating tax avoidance, eg through the BEPS project initiatives, may not eliminate spillovers. These arise from the incentives that tax rules imply for both business decisions and tax setting by governments. This conference will address the most critical spillover issues in global tax policy.

The Global Tax Policy Conference is designed for government officials, CFOs and tax directors of multinationals enterprises, tax advisors, non-governmental organizations and academics who are interested in global tax policy. The second Global Tax Policy conference will provide the participants greater insight into the developments in global tax policy. Information, insights and visions provided by renowned speakers from both academia as well as governments, civil society, the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the United Nations will form the basis for an interactive debate on global tax policy.

We look forward to your participation at our 2nd Global Tax Policy Conference in Amsterdam on 9 April 2015.

Best regards,

Dr. Ramon Dwarkasing

March 31 to April 2 - Boom Bust Boom Bust: Why Economics Is For Everyone, Manchester, UK

About Boom Bust Boom Bust:

“Boom, Bust, Boom, Bust: Why economics is for everyone” is an (un)conference at the University of Manchester. It isn’t a typical conference where you go along to watch some experts speak, ask a question and go home. We have designed events to be interactive, more like a conversation than a lecture. We want to create a forum which is accessible to everyone, that starts conversations between people who would never normally meet and most importantly which is fun and stimulating.

We believe that all citizens in the UK must have a basic knowledge of economics and the confidence to use it both as a requirement for democracy to function effectively and for our own wellbeing. Understanding a bit about economics and fostering a civil society in which it is vigorously discussed can help us feel more in control of our lives.

Economics is for everyone.

And note that TJN Director John Christensen is in the Line-Up.

March - Launch of book, How Corrupt is Britain?

See the book information from publisher PlutoPress here, and comment by George Monbiot here.

TJN Director John Christensen and Senior Adviser Prem Sikka have both contributed chapters.

March 24 to 28 - World Social Forum, Tunis

Join the Global Alliance for Tax Justice / Alliance mondiale pour la justice fiscale / Alianza Global por la Justicia Fiscal

For these events at the World Social Forum, Tunis March 24-28, 2015

Venue: University of Tunis El Manar

fsm2015.org

1. Promoting Tax Justice by Strengthening Global Tax Governance

International cooperation in tax matters has intensified in the last few years. Processes under the anti-BEPS framework at the OECD or G20 are proof of that. Nevertheless, countries in the global South that are suffering from the results of tax evasion and avoidance the most are still to a great deal marginalized and excluded from this. For the poor, this means losing vast amounts of resources, where they could have been allocated to sustainable development. While negotiations and decision-making have been taking place among the clubs of the powerful and behind closed doors, the countries of the Global South are reduced to bystanders and only a select view are invited to “consult and participate” in the deliberations of the OECD. Once again, global standards are being developed without equal representation of the people in developing countries, and with the majority of the world’s countries being excluded.

At the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for the establishment of an intergovernmental committee on tax cooperation under the auspices of the UN. Would such a committee foster dialogue and cooperation without marginalizing a majority of governments and people? Will this be a meaningful space outside the exclusive clubs of the OECD or the G20? The UN appears to be the natural place for this. But even more visionary solutions are conceivable. Join us for a panel discussion around these issues. With the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa coming up in July, now is the time to set the course towards fighting tax avoidance and evasion by the rich and powerful corporations.

This workshop is sponsored by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and co-organized with GATJ, Global Policy, ANND, CNCD-11.11.11 and more.

2. Tax Justice and Financing for Development

The Global Alliance for Tax Justice with our regional network members and committed partners will join Solidar and Global Progressive Forum in co-sponsoring this event. The GATJ will be discussing the specific campaign focus of achieving support for progressive tax justice measures through the UN-Post 2015 Financing for Development process.

In these times of rising inequalities, civil society and progressive politicians need to use tax policies as tools for more social justice. At the same time, northern as well as southern countries face debt crises and imposed austerity policies, and look for new ways of relaunching their economies and balancing their national budgets, thus tackling tax fraud and tax evasion. In parallel, the international crisis has led to decreased budgets for financing development, and we need to look for new sources of revenue, such as taxing speculation through a financial transaction tax. Is it possible to achieve a global agreement to tax the financial sector? Who should lead this project? How can we address tax evasion? How can we get the information to make sure the people are taxed where they make money? Is it necessary and fair to do a public international blacklist of evaders? How do we resolve the problem of international transfer pricing by multinational cooperation? How can we know what corporations are doing and where they make profit? Which elements a common definition of “Tax Haven” should have? Is possible fight against “tax havens” with bilateral agreements? Which standards should be used to consider a jurisdiction as a “Tax Haven”? Could be a good measure the publication of a blacklist of “tax havens” by a recognised international institution?

3. Women, Equality and Tax Justice

Join the Global Alliance for Tax Justice and our members and committed partners from every region in the world for this important discussion on how we can achieve gender justice along with tax justice. The growing misuse of tax cuts, combined with austerity and privatization measures, is undercutting women’s progress toward economic and social equality. The resulting drop in tax revenues is used to justify cutting vital public services, jobs, and sustainable development funds. Around the world, the tax burden is being shifted from progressive taxes on corporate income to regressive consumption taxes (VAT/TVA) paid by common people. The rich are getting richer by designing and exploiting the loopholes of tax cuts, tax holidays, and tax havens. Women, particularly poor and indigenous women, are paying the heaviest price for these misguided policies.

4. We Need Tax Justice to End Inequality – convergence assembly

Together with members and allies from Africa and the MENA region, Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice jointly co-convenes this tax justice convergence assembly at FSM/WSF 2015. Communities are invited to join this open public discussion, and help to build the first global umbrella campaign to make multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax, and to ensure our governments invest the funds in public services and the environment to end inequality and poverty.

This is also a vital moment for the international tax justice movement to unite to influence the outcomes of the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals ‘Financing for Development’ process. This fiscal justice discussion includes addressing human rights and gender equity. Achieving “tax justice for social justice” requires supporting the work of national coalitions, strengthening regional activities and coordinating action on major issues at the global level. Ending tax havens and illicit financial flows and developing effective national tax administrations and fair international tax standards count among the long-term challenges.

March 18/19 - Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) - Media Briefing and Inaugural Meeting, New York

For background, see: press release on Expert Global Commission Responds to One-Sided Tax Debate; Inaugural Meeting to drive changes ahead of Post-2015 Ambition.

*** Media advisory for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 ***
New Independent Tax Commission to Make the Case for Inclusive, Global Tax Reform

WHAT: The Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) invites the media to meet with the Commission’s Chairperson, José Antonio Ocampo, the Commissioners, and the Commission’s founding partners during their inaugural meeting. This is a unique opportunity to hear from the Commissioners on how they intend to bridge the gap between the public’s interest and the technical challenges of reforming the global tax system.

WHEN Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:00-1:00 pm.
Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave. 16th Floor, NY, NY.

Note that participants may be available at other times- please contact us to arrange.

WHO: Presentations by:

· ICRICT Chairperson José Antonio Ocampo (Colombia), Director of Economics and Political Development-SIPA,Columbia University
· Commissioner Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru (Nigeria), Chartered Accountant and former Tax Administrator in the Government of Nigeria
· Commissioner Eva Joly (France), Member of European Union Parliament
· Commissioner Magdalena Sepúlveda (Chile), Senior Researcher, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
· Dereje Alemayehu, Chair, Global Alliance for Tax Justice and Senior Policy Advisor, Tax Justice Network-Africa
· Daniel Bertossa, Director of Policy and Governance, Public Services International (PSI)

A Q&A with media will follow these short presentations. Light lunch served at 1 pm. Bios available at www.icrict.org

WHY: Responding to widespread anger about corporate tax cheating, the impacts of such avoidance on inequality, and concerns that current tax reform processes are inadequate, a new nonpartisan body—the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT)—has been established to propose international tax policy changes from the perspective of the public interest.

The inaugural meeting of the Commission will take place in New York on March 18-19, 2015. On March 18 the Commission will hear statements from experts from business, labor, academia, investors, and civil society organizations. Media are invited to attend these presentations from 9am-5 pm. At noon media are invited to engage in a discussion on all aspects of global tax reform with the Commissioners and founding organizations.

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Media Contacts:
Sue Rooks, Oxfam International, sue.rooks@oxfaminternational.org +1 917 224 0834
Rachel Baird, Christian Aid, rbaird@christian-aid.org / 00 44 (0)207 523 2446

March 11 - Can low income countries ever tax transnational corporations? - Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

From the Institute of Development Studies:

Wednesday 11 March 2015 13:00 to 14:30
IDS, Convening Space

Mick Moore will talk as a political realist and Alex Cobham, Research Director of the Tax Justice Network, as a magical realist.

About the series:

Inequalities in various forms have been rising in most parts of the world since the 1980s, but only recently has inequality begun to attract mainstream attention, including from the IMF and the World Bank.

How should the development community react to this newfound recognition of inequality or inequalities as a core element – and core problem – of development? What contemporary forms are inequalities taking, and how do they relate to diverse forms of injustice? How can these be understood – and tackled? Where are the opportunities within development to exercise intellectual leadership in this rapidly growing field?

Recommended reading:

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/images/CA_OP_Taxing_Rights.pdf
http://www.cgdev.org/blog/poorer-countries-lose-more-corporate-profit-shifting
http://ictd.ac/sites/default/files/ICTD%20WP27.pdf

March 11 - Capacity building session on tax justice for gender equality - New York.

ActionAid International, Center for Economic & Social Rights, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and Christian Aid invite you to a capacity building session on tax justice for gender equality on 11th March 2015 in New York.

Tax policies and practices have a profound impact on the extent to which women are able to realize their rights and on progress towards gender equality. How much tax is collected, in what ways, and from whom, affect women’s income and economic security, the accessibility and quality of the services they rely on, and their social status. The session aims at supporting women’s rights advocates and activists in engaging with issues of tax justice in their work and will explore key advocacy opportunities in 2015 to advance this agenda.

March 6/7 - Women and Tax Justice at Beijing+20, Ontario

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Registration is open for the Queen’s University
Feminist Legal Studies International Women’s Day conference

Women and Tax Justice at Beijing+20: Taxing and Budgeting for Sex Equality
Mar. 6 from noon through dinner
Mar. 7 from 9 am to 5 pm

To register email Melissa.Howlett@queensu.ca

Keynote lecture:
Dr. Attiya Waris, School of Law, University of Nairobi, Kenya;
Faculty of Law, National University of Rwanda, and
Queen’s University Principal’s Development Fund International Visitor –
‘Rights of Women and Taxation: Developing Country Perspectives’

For the complete program see: Programme – Women and Tax Justice at Beijing+20.

Sponsored by Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s, Women for Tax Justice,
FemTax International, Canadians for Tax Fairness, Faculty of Law,
Queen’s University, and SSHRC

Feb 24 - Tax Justice to Promote Social Justice, Vienna

The Global Alliance For Tax Justice (GATJ) and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) are pleased to invite you to join us for an important conference to build closer cooperation between professional researchers and tax justice activists:

Tax Justice to Promote Social Justice

Research on Taxes for Development

Tuesday 24 February 2015, 9.00 to 18.00

University of Vienna, Austria

Hosted by the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) and the Department of Development Studies (IE) – University of Vienna

For more information including the programme, see here.

Jan 15 to Feb 21 - Islands (or how to play dirty and get away with it): a play performed at the Bush Theatre, London

We are delighted to be associated with a new play by award-winning Caroline Horton called Islands (or how to play dirty and get away with it).

In Caroline’s words:
“Islands will be an illuminating, absurd and powerful new show about tax havens, little empires, enormous greed and the few who have it all – yes, your bit too.”

We’ve been working with Caroline and her team since 2012, and we know the play will shock many when it comes to the stage in London in January 2015.

For more information, see here.

Feb 12 - Dublin event: The Human Rights Impact of Tax and Fiscal Policy

Post event update: for conference resources visit http://christianaid.typepad.com/learningexchange/taxandhumanrights.html

On February 12th 2015, Christian Aid is hosting a high level international conference on the subject of the Human Rights Impact of Tax and Fiscal Policy. The conference comes at a time of unprecedented focus on the tax practices of multinational companies and their exploitation of mismatches in countries tax regulations to avoid paying significant amounts of tax. It comes a time when many countries, including Ireland, are still experiencing the effects of austerity policies, as governments attempt to balance budgets through series of cuts in public spending and raised taxes, which have left many increasingly marginalised and removed from adequate public services. This conference therefore is timely, and offers an opportunity to view the debate around taxation, the role of states and of multinationals through a human rights lens.

The seminar will bring together speakers from the global south, tax justice activists, Irish government officials, the OECD, journalists, and the private sector.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Professor Philip Alston, who has held a number of senior UN posts over two decades, and is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

Other speakers will include:

Simon Harris, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance

Feargal O’Rourke, Senior Partner, PWC

Dr. Ricardo Barrientos, former deputy Minister of Finance, Guatemala

Colm Keena, Jourmalist, Irish Times

Aine Lawlor, Journalist, RTE

John Christensen, Director, Tax Justice Network

Dr. Sheila Killian, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Limerick

Ben Dickinson, Head of Tax and Development Unit, OECD

Registration, tea and coffee from 0830

**Places are limited, so on line registration is essential**

Feb 2 - UK: Tax Justice & the Election Should there be a Tax Dodging Bill, and which parties will support it?

7:30 – 9:30pm, Monday 2nd February 2015

The Queen’s Theological Foundation
Somerset Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2QH

The Methodist Tax Justice Network invites you to join them for a public meeting with guest speaker Richard Murphy on what promises the political parties are making on tackling tax avoidance in the run up to the general election, and what they should be promising.

This is an open event, but space is limited – please book your place by emailing Matthew Jones at mtjncoordinator@gmail.com

The event poster is here.

2014

Dec 16 - Event in London on the Domination of “The City”

The Domination of the City: Holding the City To Account.
Tuesday, Dec 16th, 6.30-8.30 pm, Committee Room 16, House of Commons

TJN has long argued that the scale and power of the City of London has induced a Finance Curse which afflicts the rest of the UK.

In the coming session of the People’s Parliament at Westminster next Tuesday, a variety of speakers including Professor Prem Sikka, Richard Murphy, TJN’s John Christensen, Richard Brooks and Robert Palmer will discuss the overbearing presence of the City in Britain’s political sphere and suggest measures that can be taken to make the City more democratically accountable.

John McDonnell MP will be chairing.

**Entrance is FREE, but please allow at least 15 minutes to come through Parliament security. The nearest entrance is via St.Stephens Gate.**

See our blog announcement of the event here.

Dec 2 - Christian Aid protest calling for end to tax haven secrecy, London

Tuesday 2 December: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Christian Aid protest calling for end to tax haven secrecy

Outside Foreign and Commonwealth Office main building, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH

A year after Britain’s tax havens agreed to consider the lifting the secrecy around who really owns the hundreds of thousands of companies they host, they have made alarmingly little progress.

Ministers from the Overseas Territories – which include the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda – start their annual conference in London at the FCO on Tuesday December 2.

Christian Aid campaigners wearing business suits and white masks will be outside as finance ministers arrive saying it is time to unmask who owns companies.

Further details from Andrew Hogg 0207 523 2058/ 07872 350534

Oct 2 - International Tax Avoidance, Tax Evasion, Tax Justice, Barcelona

INTERNATIONAL TAX AVOIDANCE, TAX EVASION, AND TAX JUSTICE

2 Oct. 2014 (14.00-19.15) – 3 Oct. 2014 (9.00-20.00)

Facultat de Dret/Faculty of Law, Av. Diagonal 684, 08034 Barcelona

 

Programme & registration

 

Topics & Speakers/Temas y Ponentes:


Evaluation of the OECD BEPS project (Sol Picciotto and others)

Taxation of the digitalized economy (Tulio Rosembuj)

Effects of the offshore system (Jim Stewart, John Christensen, Nick Shaxson)

How misaligned are profits with economic activity? (Alex Cobham)

Global Tax Battles (Len Seabrook & Duncan Wigan)

Towards unitary taxation (Michael Durst & Sol Picciotto)

Lessons from US states for unitary taxation (Erika Siu)

Evaluation of progress towards comprehensive & automatic information exchange (Andres Knobel, Markus Meinzer)

Can transparency help defeat capital flight and corruption? (Rodolfo Bejarano, Savior Mwambwa),

Taxation and inequality (Franco Gallo)

Tax and human rights (Giuseppe Melis)

 

A full programme can be viewed here

 

Conference Arrangements/Organización de la Conferencia

Conference arrangements including a registration proforma and payment details are here.  Note that you are required to show proof of purchase when you return your registration form to the team at Barcelona Univeristy.

 

If you have queries about your registration please contact  Montse at TULIO RAUL ROSEMBUJ ERUJIMOVICH rosembuj@ub.edu

June 18-20 - Tax Justice and Human Rights Symposium, McGill University, Montreal

Programme: Tax Justice and Human Rights Symposium, McGill University, Montreal 18-20 June 2014

Tax Justice and Human Rights Research Collaboration Symposium

Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, 18-20 June 2014

 

Day 1: Emerging Scholars Symposium

Wednesday 18 June

 Update: see a list of speakers’ presentations here.

Time

Topic

08:30 – 09:00

Registration & Arrival Tea/Coffee

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome Remarks: Dean Daniel Jutras

Panel 1

Sam Singer, Moderator

09:30 – 10:00

Leyla Ates, Developing Countries And Globalization of Tax Law Making: Turkısh Tax Law Reforms on Fighting Tax Evasion

Steven Dean, discussant

10:00 – 10:30

Montano Cabezas, Giving Credit Where it is Due: Rethinking the Corporate Tax Paradigm

Kim Brooks, discussant

10:30 – 10:45

Refreshment Break

Panel 2

William Stephenson, Moderator

10:45 – 11:15

Regina Duarte, Globalization, Tax Competition and Tax Base Erosion: a Matter of Human Rights

Henry Ordower, discussant

11:15 – 11:45

Martin Hearson, Why Do Developing Countries Sign Tax Treaties?

Lee Sheppard, discussant

11:45 – 12:15

May Hen, Who runs the Cayman Islands? Field notes on elite tax discourse

Lyne LaTulippe, discussant

12:15 – 01:30

Stikeman Chair’s Luncheon feat. Keynote Speaker [TBD, Stikeman Elliot]

Panel 3

Miriam Clouthier, Moderator

01:30 – 02:00

César Alejandro Ruiz Jiménez, Right to Property and Taxation

Stephen Cohen, discussant

02:00 – 02:30

Juan Molina, Trade Mispricing in Argentina: A Case Study

Neil Buchanan, discussant

02:30 – 03:00

Daisy Ogembo, VAT Refunds and Tax Justice

Andre Moreira, discussant

03:00 – 03:30

Refreshment Break

Panel 4

Kal Tamm, Moderator

03.30 – 05:00

Incubator Session: Designing a Research Project, Methodology & Collaboration, and Publishing

Shirley Pouget, Adrienne Margolis, Krishen Mehta

05:00 – 06.30

Cocktail reception

06:30 – 08.30

Roundtable on Tax Justice and Human Rights: Open to the Public

Allison Christians, Moderator

Featuring Alex Himelfarb (York University); Kate Donald (UNHCHR); Attiya Waris (Univ. of Nairobi), Denise Byrnes (Oxfam Quebec)

 

Day 2: Research Collaboration Symposium Part I

Thursday 19 June 2014

 

Time

Topic

08:00 – 08:45

Registration & Arrival Tea/Coffee

08:45 – 09:00

Welcoming Remarks: Christians, Howlett, Gillespie, Christensen

09.00 – 09:45

1. Setting the Stage

William Stephenson, Moderator

– Kim Brooks: Why Justice Matters for Tax Policy

– Jack Blum: [TBA]

– Allison Christians: Who Has Rights, What Rights, and Against Whom?

09:45 – 11:00

2. Human Rights and Tax Justice Reports

Ofer Sitbon, Moderator

– Lloyd Lipsett, IBAHRI Task Force Report

– Kate Donald, UNHRC Report

– Adrienne Margolis, L4BB Report

– David Quentin and Shirley Pouget, discussants

11:00 – 11:15

Refreshment Break

11:15 – 12:45

3. Gender and Fiscal Justice

Liz Nelson, Moderator

– Annick Provencher, From the Invisible Hand to the Invisible Woman

– Rhys Kesselman, Income Splitting and Alternatives for Family Tax Cuts in Canada

– Kathleen Lahey [TBA]

Kate Donald, Attiya Waris, discussants

12:45 – 02:00

Lunch, Keynote Speaker Thomas Pogge VIA SKYPE

02:00 – 03:30

4. Fiscal Justice; Regional Challenges and Initiatives

May Hen, Moderator

– Savior Mwambwa [TBA]

– Andre Mendes Moreira, Indirect Taxes and Tax Justice

– Misabel Machado Derzi, Social Rights and Fiscal Competition in International Law

– Renaud Fossard [TBA]

Lyne LaTulippe, John Christensen, discussants

03:30 – 03:45

Refreshment Break

03:45 – 05:00

5. Reducing Inequality: International Corporate Tax Reform

Jo Marie Griesgraber, Moderator

– Erika Siu [TBA]

– Michael Knoll, Competitive Neutrality and the EU Model

– Lee Sheppard, OECD Initiative on BEPS

– Robert Fox, ‘Business Among Friends: Why corporate tax dodgers are not yet losing sleep over global tax reform.  

Samuel Singer, Alexandre Sheldon, discussants

5:00 – 5:30

Announcements

5:30 – 06:30

Refreshment Break

Breakout Session: IBAHRI Update on Tax and the Millennium Development Goals

06:30

Film Screening: The Price We Pay

 

 

Day 3: Research Collaboration Symposium Part II

Friday 20 June 2014

 

Time

Topic

08:30 – 09:00

Registration & Arrival Tea/Coffee

09:00 – 10:30

6. Reducing Inequality: Tax Avoidance and Capital Flight

Ofer Sitbon, Moderator

– Jim Henry, Kleptocracy and Human Rights

– Steven Cohen, Does Swiss Bank Secrecy Violate International Human Rights?

– Brigitte Alepin, The Foundation

– Steven Dean, A Tax Regime to Catalyze Social Enterprise Crowdfunding

Jack Blum, John Christensen, discussants

10:30 – 10:45

Refreshment Break

10:45 – 12:00

7. Reducing Inequality: Tax Avoidance and Progressive Taxation

Neil Buchanan, moderator

– Chris Odinet, Taxing Property Owners

– Jean Pierre Vidal, Ethics in Taxation: what is it, and why should a tax specialist care?

– Clément Camion, The Political Context of Tax Justice

– Niko Luisiani, Dignity, or indignation? Bringing Human Rights to Bear in Spain’s Age of Austerity

Jim Henry, Attiya Waris, discussants

12:00 01:30

Lunch, Keynote Speaker Attiya Waris

01:30 03:00

8. Tax Wars: Regulating Competition

Samuel Singer, Moderator

– Lynne LaTulippe, Tax Competition and Paradigm Shift in International Law

– Krishen Mehta, Can Developing Countries Attract Investment and Still Get a Fair Deal on Tax Justice?

Henry Ordower, Retreat from Progressive Taxation in the Swedish Welfare State: Does Immigration Matter?

John Christensen, Neil Buchanan, discussants

03.00 – 03:15

Refreshment Break

03:15 – 04:30

9. Environmental Tax Justice

Jessica Magonet, Moderator

– Toby Sanger [TBD]

– Tracey Roberts, Tax – A Better Mechanism to Protect Rights in the Global Commons

– Rodolfo Boix, Distribution of ecological costs through environmental taxes

Stephane Dion, Jim Henry, discussants

04:30 – 05:30

10. Roundtable on Tax Justice Campaigns and CSO Actions

Imad Sabi, Moderator

Dennis Howlett, [Teresa Marshall], Duncan Wigan, Victoria Harnett

05:30 – 05:45

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks, Allison Christians

05:45 – 07:00

Closing Cocktail




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