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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8 April 2019

NGO says recently nullified Double Tax Avoidance Agreement between Kenya & Mauritius could have been used for tax evasion by businesses

Author: Victor Amadala, The Star(Kenya)

"Kenya-Mauritius Double Tax Avoidance void, High Court rules"...

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22 April 2019
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28 August 2019

Activists urge African govts to fix tax loopholes used by multinational corporations to avoid taxes, shifting taxation to ordinary citizens

Author: Mercy Gakii, The Star (Kenya)

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22 October 2019

USA: House of Representatives passes landmark bipartisan bill to put an end to corruption & crime enabled by anonymous companies

On 22 October 2019, the US House of Representatives passed a landmark bipartisan bill, The Corporate Transparency Act, that would require companies to disclose their true, so-called ‘beneficial’ owners at the time the company is formed to the U.S....

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24 October 2019

Peru: Civil society analysis of tax authorities' investigations into five large mining projects highlights tax avoidance practices

In December 2018, Convoca Perú published its findings from a review of a hundred resolutions of the Fiscal Court. These resolutions revealed the use of complex financial mechanisms by five major mining companies to reduce their taxes. This story...

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