Corporate tax avoidance disproportionately affects women's rights, says report

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30 November 2016

Let’s talk about tax, baby…

Author: ActionAid

...How tax is both spent and raised matters more for women than men because of gender inequality: globally a greater proportion of poor people are women and the distribution of unpaid care work is highly unequal.  ActionAid’s new briefing Making tax work for women’s rights looks at some of the ways in which tax revenue that is badly needed in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality is being lost due to tax breaks for corporates and regressive tax systems.  It also draws attention to the need for governments to spend tax revenues strategically, on the public services that women need....Tax avoidance by multinational companies due to loopholes in the international tax system is another way in which revenue to invest in public services is lost...Tax revenues need to be maximised in order that they can be spent on vital public services that will help to end gender inequality...[W]hen the rich are not taxed it is mainly men that keep control of those resources.  Governments must find the political will to reject the pressure of foreign and domestic businesses negotiating for tax cuts.  Instead they need to put in place progressive direct taxes which will raise the revenues required to deliver public services that women need...

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30 November 2016

Making tax work for women's rights

Author: ActionAid

Tax and women’s rights are entwined.  How tax is spent and raised matters more for women than men...[D]eveloping countries give away massive unnecessary corporate tax breaks while services that women need struggle for funding, while at the same time tax could be raised more progressively.  By virtually every global measure, women are disadvantaged relative to men...To fund these essential public services governments need to raise more tax. That tax will need to be raised progressively, meaning that those who have more income are paying a higher proportion of their income in tax than those living on very little. However, the most progressive taxes – on personal income and wealth – are underused. Moreover, corporate tax revenues in developing countries are much lower than they could be because of big tax giveaways by governments in the form of tax breaks for investment...Ending unnecessary tax breaks for companies would raise more tax revenue from people who can afford it...To raise more tax revenues for public services that could benefit women, and to do so in ways that promote women’s rights rather than undermining them, all governments need to:...Ensure that companies are paying their fair share of tax including by curbing tax incentives...

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