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Why Ireland’s low tax policy has survived for so long

By David Jacobson / 2 December, 2019

Ireland has had an industrial policy based on low corporate tax. This was first applied only to Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Later, on the insistence of the EU, it was applied across the board. But MNEs were still able to exploit some tax provisions that enabled them to have significant advantages...

Reforming tax policy: a European fight!

Reforming tax policy: a European fight!

By Joseph Stiglitz / 2 December, 2019

In several Member States, parties have campaigned for “no new taxes” and for lowering the tax burden. They neglect the fact, however, that to improve the tax system at home, there is a European angle to address. A better slogan would be “smarter taxes”. A strategy is needed, that combines...

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Global tax injustice: what are the solutions?

By Antonio Gambini / 2 December, 2019

Since the early 1980s, the incomes of the richest individuals and corporate profits have benefited from increasingly favourable statutory tax rates. In addition, legally and/or illegally these incomes and profits are moved offshore to further escape taxation. Solutions to this tax injustice however do exist. Source : Alvaredo F., Chancel...

Canadian Voters Look Left to Solve to Affordability Concerns

By Katrina Miller / 10 November, 2019

Cost of living concerns loomed large in voters’ minds during Canada’s recent federal election, causing many progressives to loose sleep over whether the electorate would take a hard turn to the right.  Historically, economic angst has been fertile ground for a standard Conservative pitch – one that promises to end...

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Tax avoidance by multinational corporations: how to build alliances for reform

By Thomas Paster / 16 October, 2019

The digital economy makes it even easier for multinational corporations to reduce their tax liabilities by registering in low-tax countries while doing business elsewhere. The media coverage about high profile cases of tax avoidance, such as the Luxembourg Leaks and the Paradise Papers, has raised public awareness of the scope...

More transparency rules, less tax avoidance

By Leyla Ates / 12 November, 2018

The European Council has taken important steps to enhance the exchange of information between tax administrations in order to promote tax transparency and fair tax systems in EU countries. This in turn creates a deeper and fairer single market. However, ambiguity in disclosure obligations and a high threshold requirement risks...

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Why Facebook should be taxed and how to do it

By Paul Tang / 13 February, 2018

Large digital platforms are making billions of profits, while paying little or no corporate tax. They currently have a whole range of opportunities for tax avoidance, to the benefit of a few shareholders and at the expense of many taxpayers. Our recent estimates show that, in a period of three...

Tax us if you can: big tech’s challenge to the state

By Richard Murphy / 13 February, 2018

Back in 1999, when the dot.com boom was at its height and I was, amongst other things, the Chief Financial Officer of a tech company, few people if any thought that the foundation of the value of the companies that were already seriously over-valued at that time would be their...

How can we ensure that the internet giants pay their fair share of tax?

By Pervenche Berès / 9 February, 2018

Given that our economies are being reshaped and challenged by the digital revolution, our policies need to evolve to deal with this new type of wealth creation. One of the big issues is how to ensure that internet companies pay their fair share of taxes. MEP Pervenche Berès explains why...

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Europe needs a coordinated mix of fiscal and wage policies

By Ozlem Onaran / 10 November, 2017

Austerity policies coupled with rising inequality in Europe have resulted in a long period of economic stagnation. To end the vicious circle of chronically low demand, a slowdown in investment and productivity and economic, social and political instability we need coordinated action to develop sound fiscal and wage policies in...

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