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Tax of Life: How tax dodging undermines Irish support to poor countries (2010)

Our Tax of Life report describes how tax dodging by multinational companies undermines the development of countries supported by Irish Aid.

The report highlights the damaging impact that tax dodging by some unscrupulous multinational companies is having on countries supported by Irish Aid and emphasises the need for policy coherence across government departments to ensure this practices are hindered.

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Blowing the Whistle: Time’s Up for Financial Secrecy (2010) 

This report, published during Christian Aid Week, reveals how the same tax-haven secrecy that allows football club owners to hide their business practices – and even their identities – is also facilitating massive tax dodging in developing countries.

And while such practices are threatening to ruin the beautiful game, for people in the world’s poorest countries they are a matter of life and death.

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Undermining the Poor: Mineral taxation reforms in Latin America (2009)

This report examines the tax reforms affecting the mineral sector in Latin America. It quantifies the costs of some of the excessively generous tax incentives which have been provided to mining companies in Peru, Guatemala and Honduras. It also tracks the efforts of civil society to reverse these regressive taxation trends and offers some recommendations for policy reform in this area.

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The Missing Millions: the cost of tax dodging to developing countries supported by the Scottish Government (2009)

Tax dodging cost the five countries that receive money from the Scottish government’s international development fund– Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Sudan - just under £43 million between 2005 and 2007. This report details the practices that have deprived these developing countries of much needed revenue and calls for measures to put an end to tax dodging by multinational companies.

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False profits: robbing the poor to keep the rich tax-free (2009)

Paying as little tax as possible, regardless of the social consequences, has for many become an acceptable way of doing business. This paper considers how financial systems allow practices such as 'trade mispricing' to continue and looks at some of the consequences of tax avoidance.

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Breaking the curse: How transparent taxation and fair taxes can turn Africa's mineral wealth into Development (2009)

This paper looks at mining taxation and transparency in seven African countries: Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and DRC. It explores the various strategies mining companies use to reduce their tax bill.

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Sierra Leone at the crossroads: Siezing the chance to benefit from mining (2009)

Mining companies routinely deprive African nations of revenue that could be used to combat poverty. This report details how Sierra Leone recently earnt only US$9-10m from mineral exports of US$179m.

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The morning after the night before (2009)

This report looks at how poor countries have suffered from the same combination of secrecy and lax regulation that triggered the current international crisis.

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Can tax challenge bad governance? (2008)

This paper is written by Olivia McDonald and Kadi Jumu and is part of our occasional paper series.

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Death and taxes (2008)

The lives of 1,000 young children a day are being lost to disease and poverty in poor countries because of illegal trade-related tax evasion, says our Christian Aid Week report.

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Haemorrhaging money: briefing on the problem of illicit capital flight (2007)

Briefing paper on how 'capital flight' is diverting scarce resources away from developing countries.

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The shirts off their backs: how tax policies fleece the poor (2005)

This briefing paper shows how poor countries are losing hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue as rich individuals and multinational companies avoid paying their tax.

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