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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.

Disaster strikes assembly

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This assembly will help pupils to understand more about disasters, and can be used in response to a new disaster when it happens.

Disaster strikes assembly presentation

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This PowerPoint presentation accompanies the Disaster strikes assembly which will help pupils understand more about disasters, and can be used in response to a new disaster when it happens.

Toilet troubles assembly presentation

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This PowerPoint presentation accompanies the Toilet troubles assembly reflecting on the importance of access to clean water and sanitation.

Toilet troubles assembly

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This assembly reflects on the importance of access to clean water and sanitation.

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire (Part 2)

A debilitating drought may bring riots and social unrest in one country, but in a neighbouring country, the same problem may be dealt with by citizen mobilisation towards collective action solutions. To a large extent, governance capacity and community resilience explains the nature and structure of the response. In this report, three case studies – from Angola, Mali, and Honduras – of actual responses to climate change and conflict are presented.

Exploring Christian Aid: lesson plan

Exploring Christian Aid: lesson plan

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.