Uganda: Working through coalitions to oppose unfair taxes

Dec 14, 2020

In 2018, the Tax Justice Alliance Uganda worked to oppose two controversial and regressive new taxes, one on mobile money transactions and the other on the use of social media. Their campaign was mobilized very quickly to respond to the government’s proposed new taxes before their enactment and included public awareness campaigns including radio programs in rural areas, press conferences, social media activity, petitions to legislators and court cases.

Mexico: The long fight to improve transparency and address the inequities of tax amnesties

Dec 14, 2020

In 2009, Fundar began a decade-long campaign to improve transparency around tax amnesties, calling them “fiscal privileges” and highlighting their negative impact on equity. In its campaign, Fundar deployed multiple advocacy strategies, including a long battle through the courts as well as a sustained mass media push and legislative advocacy.

Of citizens and taxes: A global scan of civil society work on taxation

By Fariya Mohiuddin, Paolo de Renzio, Nov 16, 2020

In the last two decades, civil society engagement with taxation issues has grown by leaps and bounds, particularly in lower-income countries. As IBP embarks on a new Tax Equity Initiative, this was a good moment to take a detailed look at the emerging field of civil society engagement with domestic tax issues, to understand its broad features and the challenges that it faces.

All hands on deck: Harnessing accountability through external public audits

Nov 12, 2020

This report is the first ever comprehensive look at the strength of audit and oversight systems globally and comes at a time when supreme audit institutions (SAIs) are under enormous pressure to ensure governments are effective stewards of COVID-19 emergency spending in ways that advance the public interest and protect development progress.

Reflection points for civic actors on the politics of tax reform

By Jason Lakin, Oct 09, 2020

As part of IBP’s new Tax Equity Initiative, we are developing research and tools to help civic actors deepen their engagement with tax reform and to learn from each other. As part of this work, we have carried out a detailed review of the academic literature on the politics of tax reform in low- and middle-income countries. This document summarizes key points from the longer review and frames these findings around “reflection points”: questions and suggestions for civic actors to consider as they plan work around tax reform.