Corporate tax dodging is unfair: it keeps people trapped in poverty.
We all pay our taxes, which our governments take and invest in local services and infrastructure. But some multinational companies can get away without paying what they owe.
Tax dodging costs developing countries an estimated $300bn every year in lost revenues. These funds could be used to provide clean water, healthcare, education and many other essentials that we take for granted. And in developing countries, these services can make the difference between life and death.
The unbelievable thing is that big corporations often do this legally, by taking advantage of tax rules that are currently rigged in their favour. The secrecy in the international financial system is an added bonus for tax dodgers.
Watch this short film to find out how and why corporate tax dodging has become such a major obstacle to fighting poverty:
What we're aiming for
To achieve true tax justice, we need to break down many barriers. Through our advocacy and campaigning on tax justice we aim to:
- remove the loopholes that allow corporate tax dodging
- create a transparent global financial system
- lift the veil of secrecy off the international tax system.
Find out about or work on tax justice
If you would like to stay in touch with our campaigning on tax and other issues, please email Sorley McCaughey in the Republic of Ireland on firstname.lastname@example.org or David Thomas in Northern Ireland on email@example.com.
After two years of lobbying, the Irish government agrees to carry out an analysis of the possible impact of Ireland’s tax rules on developing countries, citing Christian Aid Ireland as one of the principle motivators behind its decision.