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Use and abuse of tax breaks: how tax incentives become harmful

Taxation is essential to raise sufficient, equitable and accountable financing for development. Only through taxation can governments fund public spending on the essential services at the quality and scale necessary to realise the rights of all citizens. Yet many Southern governments decide not to tax certain corporations and companies in the hope that this will attract cross-border investment. Despite mounting evidence that the practice of offering tax incentives is both largely ineffective and detrimental to development, it is widespread. This report explains how tax incentives can become harmful, and discusses what can be done to stop their abuse.

Faith leaders and family planning report

A report into the major barriers and opportunities for faith leaders engaging with their communities on family planning.

Taxing men and women: why gender is crucial for a fair tax system (report)

This paper aims to stimulate debate and offer guidance to those attempting a gender analysis of their own tax system.

Automatic for the people

Considers the G8, G20 and OECD's decision to share information automatically to help stop tax dodging and how this might work.

Accounting for change: my word is my bond

Outlines some proposals for discussion on how to achieve greater transparency and responsibility in the financial system. 

Dashed hopes: continuation of the Gaza blockade

The report calls for renewed international action to ensure an immediate, unconditional and complete lifting of the blockade. 

Blowing the whistle: time’s up for financial secrecy

Reveals how tax-haven secrecy that allows football club owners to hide business practices is also facilitating tax dodging in developing countries.  

Death and taxes: the true toll of tax dodging

The lives of 1,000 young children a day are being lost to disease and poverty in poor countries because of illegal trade-related tax evasion.