Tax avoidance

This section covers illegal tax evasion, instances of aggressive tax avoidance which may be legal under national law, but where concerns are raised about whether the tax avoidance harms the government’s ability to meet its human rights obligations, especially economic and social rights, and the problem of companies failing to disclose the tax and royalties they pay in each country they operate.  This section includes latest news on tax avoidance and examples of company advances on the issue. The background section gives an overview of the issue.

The video below of the Business & Responsible Taxation webinar provides an introduction on the link between tax and human rights.

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25 May 2017

Tanzania: President sacks mining minister for alleged collusion with firms to evade tax; Acacia denies allegations

Tanzania President fired his mining minister following an investigation into possible undeclared exports by mining companies to evade tax. Acacia Mining has denied the allegations saying it "that it fully declares everything of commercial value".  

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2 May 2017

Tanzania: Govt' official alleges foreign mining companies using loopholes to avoid tax, Acacia & AngloGold Ashanti respond

Tanzania's Controller and Auditor General has called for a review of the tax code for the country to benefit from the extractive sector. He claimed that foreign mining companies use loopholes in mineral development agreements to dodge tax. The...

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31 March 2017

Tanzania: Govt. orders audit of mining companies to ensure they pay fair share of taxes; Acacia comments

Author: Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala, in Reuters

"Tanzania orders audit of mining companies' earnings over taxes"...

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