Civil society organizations and taxation: Emerging trends and priorities

by Ruvimbo Chidziva & Fariya Mohuiddin*— Nov 20, 2020

Co-authored with the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), this blog explores the results of a collaborative scan of civil society organizations working in the taxation space with a specific interest in domestic taxation.

Putting the “social” into “social contracts”

by Jason Lakin, Senior Research Fellow, IBP— Nov 10, 2020

IBP’s Jason Lakin argues that advocates for fair and equitable taxation must construct a broader narrative around the social contract as a fair agreement among free and equal people that can be justified to all who pledge to uphold it, only then can we build effective coalitions for tax justice that explicitly endorse redistribution through the tax system.

Friend of the Court? The role of judiciaries in tax reform

by Jason Lakin, Senior Research Fellow, International Budget Partnership— Sep 16, 2020

This blog explores a handful, but possibly growing, number of occasions where citizens have used the courts to challenge tax policy. Traditionally, it has been difficult, if not impossible, for public interest groups to press their tax policy claims in court.

As our countries confront the pandemic, governments must review and eliminate tax privileges

by Alex Ciconello & Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership— Jul 14, 2020

Today, in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, IBP is launching a joint statement asking all Governments and Parliaments across Latin America to make all existing tax expenditures transparent, to review and eliminate those that provide unjustified and inequitable tax privileges and to redistribute the tax burden onto the wealthiest sectors of the population and those who can afford to pay more.

Building coalitions to promote equitable taxation beyond the COVID era

by Paolo de Renzio, Jason Lakin & Vanessa van den Boogaard*— Jul 07, 2020

How can civil society help to shift popular perceptions of taxation and move the political needle on reforms? To get to tax systems that are more equitable, it’s time to build broad coalitions in support of progressive tax reforms.

Tackling COVID-19 requires a more progressive and targeted tax policy: a look at Kenya

John Kinuthia, Lead Research Analyst, IBP-Kenya & Jason Lakin, Senior Fellow, IBP— Jun 03, 2020

This post explores the important tax changes the Kenyan government has made to deliver benefits to small businesses and formal-sector workers with lower incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the authors find that the government also provides poorly justified tax cuts for large businesses and individuals with higher incomes.

Tax to finance the SDGs, but not to undermine them

By Wilson Prichard, ICTD; Nora Lustig, CEQ; Sanjeev Gupta, CGD; Warren Krafchik, IBP; Ian Gary, Oxfam; and Brahima Coulibaly, Brookings— Jul 01, 2019

Stakeholders are gathering this week in Berlin to chart the future of the Addis Tax Initiative, whose overarching goal is to increase tax revenues to help finance the Sustainable Development Goals. This blog written by experts from civil society highlights the need to focus on equity and outlines priority areas for reform so as not to undermine the SDGs.

Fiscal Futures: Can We Turn Tax Competition into Tax Cooperation?

by Didier Jacobs, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam America— Mar 06, 2019

Governments are engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxation. Tax rates are falling and tax incentives are multiplying. This is bad news when it comes to financing development. Citizens must demand transparency and accountability regarding tax incentives, and regional and global cooperation to set a floor under corporate tax rates.