Tax Justice

Olivia Lally

Paradise Lost: EU governments blocking transparency one year after Paradise Papers

On the morning of 5 November 2017, exactly one year ago this week, people around the world woke up to yet another shocking tax scandal. The Paradise Papers – released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – included 13.4 million leaked files from the law firm Appleby and others. The documents revealed the tax dodging strategies of more than 100 multinational corporations, including Nike and Apple, as well as the offshore activities of more than 120 politicians and world leaders.

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Tove Ryding

One year since Paradise Papers – EU has taken some action, but more must be done to end tax dodging

Monday, 5 November marks the one-year anniversary of the publication of the Paradise Papers. In the immediate aftermath, the revelations caused political leaders to denounce tax dodging and promise improvements. However, one year after the scandal, most of the problems that led to Paradise Papers remain unaddressed.

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  • Stop Tax Dodging
Julia Ravenscroft

International experts call out Austria for blocking progress on transparency for multinational corporation practices

Ministry of Finance excuses crumble, as time runs out for citizens to see where multinationals are paying taxes.

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Civil society calls on G20 leaders to urgently take joint action in tackling global challenges

More than 600 Civil Society Organizations from all over the world have been working together for the last months via the Civil 20 (C20) to engage with the G20 on the most critical challenges facing today’s world.

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  • Global Processes
Jesse Griffiths

G20 game over? Three reasons why the Finance Ministers’ meeting shows the G20’s time may be up

The G20 Finance Ministers of the world’s largest economies met in Buenos Aires last weekend, but their failure to tackle pressing global problems, including the threat of trade wars and a looming debt crisis, highlighted how ineffective the G20 has become.  Given that the G20 cannot tackle key issues, is promoting ineffective initiatives, and has largely become a rubber stamping body for other actors, the time is ripe to rethink how the global economy is governed, and to promote alternatives.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
Cecilia Gondard

UK Parliament questions ‘value for money’ of PPPs in highly critical report

The committee overseeing the UK government’s expenditure has published a searing report on Private Finance Initiatives (the UK version of Public Private Partnerships - PPPs). The Public Accounts Committee raises serious concerns about the “risks to value for money for the taxpayer” and identifies shortcomings in the assessment of their benefits. The report states that “it is unacceptable that after 25 years the Treasury still has no data on benefits to show the PPP model provides value for money”. The UK Treasury, meanwhile, continues to insist that it does. 

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A toolkit for advocacy at the United Nations (short version)

The United Nations (UN) is a highly complex organisation. It can be difficult for civil society advocates to know where to start and the best way to exert any influence. 

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A toolkit for advocacy at the United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is a highly complex organisation. It can be difficult for civil society advocates to know where to start and the best way to exert any influence.

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Tax ‘sweetheart deals’ between multinationals and EU countries at record high

Over the last few years, advance pricing agreements (APAs) – also known as ‘comfort letters’ or ‘sweetheart deals’ – have been at the centre of several tax scandals, as well as state aid cases that the European Commission has launched against EU Member States, involving alleged loss of millions of Euros in tax income.

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