Tax Justice Network Again

These boys do worry me you know.

Reform tax policy to close tax havens, revise tax treaties and use revenue-raising tariffs more productively.

Eh? They\’re approving of this NGO talking point document for presentation to a UN conference.

Reform tax policy to close tax havens, revise tax treaties and use revenue-raising tariffs more productively.

If they were actually trying to help countries develop, they would be wanting to reduce or eliminate tariffs, wouldn\’t they?

12 thoughts on “Tax Justice Network Again”

  1. It’s that dishonest use of the word “justice” that sticks in my craw, like the Lib Dem use of the word “fair” – meaning high.

    Maybe an alternative – Tax Justice Coalition? – needs to be set up to enlighten some of the people who google for them 🙂

  2. “It’s pips squeaking they’re interested in. Sod the poor.”

    But it’s about equality, isn’t it? We must all be equal, even if that’s the equality of the grave.

  3. He backs the idea of rich powerful countries threatening weak ones into doing as they are told.

    We used to have a word for that……um… …..ah


  4. So Much For Subtlety

    At the risk of incurring the Wrath of Worstall, for developing countries tariffs for revenue raising purposes make some degree of sense. The Developed world relies on Income Taxes, Company Taxes and some form of VAT. A Third World country is unlikely to have any companies worth taxing. A VAT requires a very high level of literacy that no Third World nation is likely to have – how many African gardeners do you think could fill out the forms? An Income Tax requires a very high level of honesty because compliance is, ultimately, voluntary in a collective sense. They just don’t have enough people to check on us all. So none of the are suitable for a Developing Nation.

    A tariff on the other hand is easy to collect in one place, it hits no one in the economy who is likely to rise in rebellion, it disproportionately hits the richer segments of society and best of all, you can out source it. Indonesia gets a Swiss company to collect their’s. If your currency floats, I’d be interested in the long term impact on the economy. I’d expect very little.

    Tim adds: The Wrath of Worstall indeed. Tariffs do not disproportionately hit the rich: they hit the poor.

  5. Take a look at the organisations that support the TJN. Not a single business or entrepreneur among them.

    To be honest, the best defence of tax havens is that they exert general downward pressure on tax by giving those with the means to avoid paying taxes. It is one of the few forces checking the advance of Big Government, which clearly makes R. Murphy and other collectivist looters very cross.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    “Tim adds: The Wrath of Worstall indeed. Tariffs do not disproportionately hit the rich: they hit the poor.”

    Hmm, not in Africa I think.

    Mind you there’s no reason not to have a really complex tariff system that does hit the rich. How many poor people drive Mercedes Benz cars? Whether you’d want to or not is another matter.

    Seriously, if not tariffs, what? Even African governments need to raise revenue. We all know how they do it in practice, but if not this, how?

    Which does not change my complete contempt for the TJN and their Orwellian use of the term “justice”.

  7. The ‘Tax Justice Network’ is a sad orgainisation. They completely fail to understand that the only valid reason for taxation is the maintenance of a country’s infrastructure and it’s security. This does not include funding oil wars nor does it include interfering in other country’s internal affairs without very good reason.
    They forget also that no-one in their right mind enjoys paying tax, which is why goverments prefer ‘back door’ taxes (car tax, purchase tax. V.A.T. etc etc.) which give the oppportnity to hide the true level of taxation from the individual.
    It is my consisdered opinion that the ‘Tax Justice Network’ is another ‘back door’ tool of government which is being used to ‘eliminate’ the opposition of ‘areas of low taxation’ the existance of which, unfortunately for some governments, breeds dissatisfaction amongst their highly taxed subjects.
    I do wonder whether some politicions, who most certainly do not posses common sense or wisdom, actually have brains as it doesn’t take a genious to understand an individuals basic opposition to paying excessive taxes.
    Come on T.J.N. be honest, tell us who is funding your perverse activities? Who is your paymaster?
    Under what principle of government do you claim the right to treat the general public as a limitless source of income for unbridled government expenditure?

  8. I am a tax-paying individual of middle age and middle income, who has paid tax all my working life and has never resented it. I see the benefits of contributing to a common purse all around me and as a historian I can understand how the availability of that certain revenue has enabled governments of all colours to deliver an incredible quality of life to the majority of people in the UK; greater than we could ever have achieved for ourselves as individuals.
    As someone also with experience of ‘developing countries’ I find it difficult to understand how your contributors can fail to see that access to equivalent revenue is crucial for prosperity across the board in poor nations. Tax havens, ‘transfer pricing’ etc all allow companies to select where and how much to pay in tax, removing billions of pounds of revenue from developed countries as well as developing ones. This choice is not available to me as an individual so perhaps there is no moral merit in me holding the opinion that you pay what is due and if you don’t like the system work to change it, but I do resent the individuals who are willing to pay money to accountants and lawyers to get round the demands of our tax system, but not pay it as I and others must and I do regard as ‘unjust’ even the very legal ‘avoidance’ of tax bills by companies operating in the poorest nations of our world because it makes a mockery of all our efforts on programmes of overseas aid.

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