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How Much Do We Really Know about Multinational Tax Avoidance and How Much Is it Really Worth?

At the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa this week, the issue of international cooperation to address ‘tax dodging’ and illicit flows will be higher up the agenda than ever before. 

A new paper by Maya Forstater's (in partnership with the Center for Global Development (CGD) on the estimate of the potential proceeds from multinational tax avoidance.

The paper titled Can Stopping 'Tax Dodging' by Multinational Enterprises Close the Gap in Finance for Development? aims to support the foundations for ongoing research, and for constructive engagement and dialogue between experts, practitioners, researchers and campaigners, by providing a review of the existing ‘big numbers’ that are commonly used (and sometimes misused) and clearing up some of the misunderstandings around them, and then setting out a basic review of ‘what we know’ about the issues of concern. 

This is intended as a consulation draft and further comments are welcome and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..