Tax Justice

Tax revenues in both Northern and the Southern countries are being eroded largely due to tax evasion by multinational corporations. We promote improved financial transparency, reform of global tax rules, and tax compliance as corporate and government accountability issues. See also, our Tax Justice Resource List.

3 years 6 months ago.   .   A Collaborative Symposium for Researchers, Students and Activists. June 18-20, 2014, McGill University, Montreal.  Until recently, tax policy was a technical speciality left to experts. Today, researchers, community groups and social justice activists are examining whether government tax policies lead to healthy communities and environments, support people in meeting their needs, and promote the achievement of basic human rights.   Read more ...
3 years 10 months ago.   .   On Wednesday, December 11, the Halifax Initiative is collaborating with CCIC, Inter Pares and Canadians for Tax Fairness in organizing a one-day learning seminar at IDRC on “Beyond aid: Supporting   Read more ...
3 years 11 months ago.   .   The relationship between debt and capital flight is a vicious cycle. This is a reprint of a short article from Third World Quarterly about the relationship between debt and illicit financial flows.   Read more ...
4 years 2 months ago.   Corporate accountability.   Peter Gillespie contributed a chapter on tax havens to the book "The Great Revenue Robbery," published by Between the Lines Press and Canadians for Tax Fairness.  The book is an excellent resource for people interested in tax as an economic justice issue.   Read more ...
4 years 4 months ago.   Corporate accountability.   British Prime Minister Cameron has announced that standards for multilateral information exchange, increasing transparency of the ownership of trusts and companies, and reform of global tax rules will be key items on the agenda of the G-8 meeting this June. These are policy positions that NGOs have promoted for many years. We have written to Prime Minister Harper to urge that Canada take a progressive position on these issues and help move them forward.   Read more ...
4 years 5 months ago.   .   In his April 6 article in the Ottawa Citizen, “Enough with the tax haven hysteria,” Bernard Shinder argued that recent media reports of the harmful role of tax havens are essentially much ado about nothing.  A Halifax Initiative Op Ed on April 12 responded.   Read more ...
4 years 7 months ago.   Tax Justice.   In early February, Peter Gillespie of the Halifax Initiative testified before Canada's Parliamentary Finance Committee on the role of tax havens in facilitating massive financial losses to developing countries.     Read more ...
4 years 8 months ago.   Corporate accountability.   This article by Halifax Initiative staff argues that since the 1960s, transnational corporations (TNCs) have exploited the faultlines of the international tax system to transfer billions of dollars from Southern countries to the North.  Northern governments have protected this system, but are now being challenged by citizens' groups worldwide to put an end to these abuses. Published in Third World Resurgence magazine, December 2012.   Read more ...
4 years 8 months ago.   Tax Justice.   In this Op Ed, Peter Gillespie of Halifax Initiative notes how multi-national companies have employed artificial accounting methods to avoid paying taxes in the places where they do business. This problem is affecting developed and developing countries alike.   Read more ...
4 years 10 months ago.   Poverty, Sustainability, Tax Justice, Transparency and disclosure.   The Africa-Canada Forum (Canadian Council for International Cooperation), the Halifax Initiative & the Institute of African Studies present a critical discussion regarding economic growth, aid and sustainable development in Africa. Speakers include Tetteh Hormeku-Ajei (Third World Network), James Henry (formerly McKinsey & Co.) and Vitalice Meja (Reality of Aid).   Read more ...

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