One of Richard Murphy\’s buddies wrote this report. They\’re talking about taxes in developing countries.
A fourth goal is to strengthen political representation. When governments are more dependent on tax revenues and less on income from natural resources, aid or debt financing, this generally stimulates accountability to citizens regarding the use of government funds. The effect is strongest for direct taxes on personal and corporate income. Aid dependence, on the other hand, stimulates accountability to external donors.
What utter cock. Given that companies don\’t have votes their taxation does nothing at all to stimulate accountability.
Indeed, given that the populace in general (and it\’s the same here, this isn\’t something limited to ignorant foreighers) think that they don\’t, in the end, pay those corporate taxes themselves, the taxing of corporations actually reduces that accountability.