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Ireland: Natl. Action Plan should include commitment to support efforts to prevent global tax avoidance, says Irish Centre for Human Rights

Author: Shane Darcy, Business and Human Rights in Ireland, Published on: 7 September 2016

"A human rights based approach to corporation tax (and its avoidance)", 7 Sep 2016

...As part of the discussion on Ireland’s national action plan on business and human rights (which we still await), various submissions referred specifically to the issue of corporate tax avoidance...Christian Aid Ireland, who have been to the forefront of tax justice efforts, put it that “the Irish government should be in a strong position to lead on developing the link between tax, business and human rights. The National Action Plan should therefore address tax issues”. Sorely McCaughey, the organization’s head of advocacy, put the issue of Apple’s €13 billion tax avoidance in context last week...In its submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Irish Centre for Human Rights recommended that the national action plan “include a commitment to conduct an assessment of the human rights impact of Irish tax practices and to supporting and implementing efforts to prevent global tax avoidance”. FLAC and others have provided guidance on how to incorporate human rights in budgeting....

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