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Tackling tax and saving lives: Children, tax and financing for development

With a concerted effort we could put an end to preventable child mortality within a generation and ensure that every child has the resources to fulfil their potential…It requires urgent action from governments, which they cannot achieve without support from businesses…all parts of society. It requires…cracking down on corruption and mismanagement of resources so that finance is available to strengthen health systems, education…New Save the Children research underlines the importance of tax in ‘getting to zero’ (in terms of preventable child deaths)…One of the areas of global action to help low- and middle-income countries increase their tax take (the amount their governments collect in tax) is to tackle illicit financial flows (IFFs) – money originating in crime and corruption that is being taken out of the country through tax evasion, money laundering...Countries need to expand their tax bases through strong legislation, which increases capacity to collect revenues…