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Global discussion on Illicit Financial Flows hit a snag

Financing for Development meeting fails to give the global combat against capital outflows much- needed impetus. NEW YORK, 24 May 2017 – The Illicit financial flows (IFFs) debate has taken a hit at the second Financing for Development follow-up Ministerial Meeting in New York this week. Building on the inaugural FfD Forum, which devoted particular…

Zim suspends plans to introduce VAT
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Zim suspends plans to introduce VAT

Plans by the Zimbabwean Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to introduce a 15% Value Added Tax on basic commodities have been shelved following the withdrawal of Statutory Instrument 20 of 2017. This victory for Zimbabweans and CSO activists follows public outcry against the imposition of the new levy which came into effect on 1…

Zimbabwe introduces 15% VAT on Basic Commodities
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Zimbabwe introduces 15% VAT on Basic Commodities

Move is a step backwards in the fight against global inequality It is a proven fact that Value Added Tax (VAT) is a regressive tax which burdens the poor more than the rich. Overall, this is true for all consumption or indirect taxes of which VAT, customs and excise duties are some of the indirect taxes.  According to…

African Governments should harness taxation opportunities to improve investment in children
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African Governments should harness taxation opportunities to improve investment in children

Taxation is the most sustainable and reliable source of domestic revenue to improve African governments’ investment in children- focused sectors such as health and education. It is important to note that the provision of basic services presupposes the existence of adequate financial resources. As we commemorate the International Day of the African Child (DAC), Tax…

The Panama Papers – What they mean and why they are important for Africa
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The Panama Papers – What they mean and why they are important for Africa

In April and May of 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) made public the largest ever investigation into international fraud, exposing a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud and drug trafficking. The revelations dubbed the ‘Panama papers’ has brought to the fore systemic…

IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings re-affirm the centrality of taxation in domestic revenue mobilisation to finance sustainable development
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IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings re-affirm the centrality of taxation in domestic revenue mobilisation to finance sustainable development

The 2016 IMF/World Bank spring meetings offered a glimmer of hope for international taxation in general and tax justice in particular. It was clear from the discussions that there is a global consensus that the international tax system is broken just as the Panama Papers revealed recently. Various discussants referred to Panama Papers and the…

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PANAMA LEAKS REVEAL THE COMPLICITY OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Exposé discloses massive involvement of the private sector in Africa’s vicious cycle of corruption and poverty NAIROBI, 13th May 2016 – In its release of a second expose in a series of investigations the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) discloses a multitude of individuals and companies involved in the propagation of poverty and gross…

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Progressive realization of economic and social rights: The role of tax policy

While all human rights are indivisible, economic and social rights entail specific principles that bear relevance for tax policy. Economic and social rights require that states devote maximum available resources to their progressive realization. The principle of non-retrogression sets forth that states should not take measures that deliberately lead to retrogression on the enjoyment of…

Human rights: What’s tax got to do with it?
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Human rights: What’s tax got to do with it?

What do the human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination mean for tax policy? This is the question at the center of the first in a series of four advocacy tools on tax policy and human rights produced by RightingFinance. The aim of the advocacy tools is to assist education and dissemination of the standards…

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The Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A) is a Pan-African initiative and a member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice. Launched in January 2007 during the World Social Forum (WSF) held in Nairobi, TJN-A promotes socially- just, accountable and progressive taxation systems in Africa. It advocates for tax policies with pro-poor outcomes and tax systems that curb public resource leakages and enhance domestic resource mobilisation.

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