ICTD Blogs

Commentary and discussion about taxation and development from international experts.

ICTD Government Revenue Dataset: Best Bet for Tax Data and Research

  I recently had the privilege of attending the launch of the ICTD Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) in Washington DC. Having had early access to this data for some time now, I feel well placed to shed some light on why...
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Corporate tax avoidance and development: opening Pandora’s box

  Taxation is important for development, not only because taxes provide the revenues to fund public services and infrastructure, but because they are a critical accountability link between governments and citizens. Regular headlines and report findings tell us that a major...
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Tax Justice Campaigning: Is Tough Always Smart?

  The Tax Justice Network has just published a report that starts from the assertion that the OECD and the G20 have been engaged in a ‘marketing campaign’ to ‘discredit and discourage’ the participation of developing countries in a new system of automatic...
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How Developing Countries can take Control of their own Tax Destinies

  Krishen Mehta, a Senior Adviser to TJN, has written a short document with ten pointers offering ways that developing countries can take control over their tax destinies. We reproduce his article below: Introduction: The question of how developing countries get a fair deal...
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Is tax the next big corporate social responsibility issue?

  In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes - Benjamin Franklin, 1789 [1]   Globalisation has made Benjamin Franklin’s famous assertion somewhat relative. Transnational Corporations (TNCs) operating in the global economy have a wide range of possibilities to...
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