The Global Alliance for Tax Justice campaigns through five regional networks
The Global Alliance for Tax Justice is a growing movement of civil society organisations and activists, including trade unions, united in campaigning for greater transparency, democratic oversight and redistribution of wealth in national and global tax systems.
We comprise the five regional networks of Africa, Latin America, Asia-Australia, North America and Europe, which collectively represent hundreds of organisations.
We've joined together because:
Wealthy people, banks and multinational corporations have built a sophisticated system of secretive international financial centres (or tax havens) supported by armies of accountants, lawyers and lobbyists, in order to deliberately pay less and less tax on their profits and wealth. Yet, this elite group is entirely dependent on publicly-funded infrastructure and institutions and publicly-educated workforces to make their money.
Such systemic tax avoidance (both legal and illegal) has led ordinary people to lose out as wealth flows outwards from the public and into the private hands of the few. This distorts economies, undermines democracy and deprives people of the vital public services we need to live.
Now is the time:
- There's a huge need for fair tax revenues to reverse growing inequality, to combat poverty and to invest in public services, sustainable development and addressing climate change.
- There's a massive opportunity to make progress in reforming the rules when we work together across borders and organisations.
Our vision is of a world where fair
and progressive tax policies support people to:
- Share in local and global prosperity
- Access the public services and social protections needed to fulfill their human rights
- Benefit from economies that work in the long-term interests of people and our environment
Our aims are to:
- Affirm the role and obligation of governments to implement progressive and distributive tax policies
- Mobilise domestic resources for public services and other vital government functions
- Strengthen state accountability and the social contract
- Reduce state dependence on aid and debt financing
- Correct the power imbalance between citizens and multinational corporations
We do this by:
- Exposing the negative impact of tax injustices on ordinary people and our families around the world – from the South to the North
- Taking transformative actions and campaigning for solutions to end tax injustices
- Building a global movement to increase awareness and solidarity around tax justice issues
For more information, or to get involved, please contact us.