Isn\’t this fun on tax dodgery?

And in El Salvador, where 47.5 per cent of the population lives in poverty, tax evasion and corporate tax incentives are thought to cost more than US$2.9bn every year.

Corporate tax incentives eh?

You mean a sovereign government specifically passes a tax law and obeying that tax law to the letter is now tax dodging?

5 thoughts on “Isn\’t this fun on tax dodgery?”

  1. . . . not even to mention the related point that the absence of a tax (on companies, in this instance) is considered a “cost” to the government.

  2. The ‘IF’ campaign is pure if unacknowledged neo-colonialism and arrogance. Thus a sovereign government indeed doesn’t have the right to develop its own policy; only to develop those we supply to them.

    Search through the press releases and “papers” they publish for anything that refers to the need for trade, to the need for good governance around the world, to the rule of law, due process, freedom of expression, property rights. In fact search for anything in their manifesto that relies upon the governments or citizens of poor countries. you won’t find it. Their role is to receive the aid we grant them, accept or at least pay lip service to the values we think we hold and structure their economies and their societies as we think they should.

    Likewise it isn’t acceptable any more to go to a foreign country and live by their laws, because their laws are not the standard by which you are to be judged. No, you must conform to the moral code of the Ritchies of the world, those who know better.

  3. Issues of corruption aside, I would guess that poor countries offer foreign investors tax reductions in order to invest and create jobs. Thus without these incentives, perhaps 60 per cent of the population would live in poverty.

    But we can’t have people getting richer through working can we.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    I am confused by the numbers he is quoting. For Africa, the population has gone from 634 million to 1032 million between 1990 and 2012 according to Wikipedia. 175/634~27.6%. 239/1032~23.2%.
    So the proportion of starving has gone down, which is good. And food availability has increased more than population growth. A lot more people are being fed adequately than 20 years ago. This should overall be a good thing, no?

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