Key Messages from the Tax Justice to Promote Social Justice Event

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30 Apr 2015

What is needed to support tax justice and what institutions and measures are needed on the international and national level? On 24 February 2015, global experts assembled at the University of Vienna to address the issue of taxes for development.

Taxation  does  play  an  important  role  for  the  mobilization  of  public  domestic  revenues  (revenues  that  declined  because  of  the  global  financial  crises). Tax  policies  can also be designed to curb inequalities and can also enhance democratic governance by making governments more  accountable  to  their  tax-paying  citizens. But  many  countries, especially  so-called  developing
countries, find it hard to increase their tax revenue because of tax avoidance, tax evasion and still increasing illicit financial flows (flows that are largely untaxed).

EADI President Isa Baud concluded the discussion by saying that  tax revenue, rather than development aid is the   only  sustainable   source   of   funds   for development.

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This conference was organised by the Global Alliance For Tax Justice (GATJ) and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and hosted by the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) and the Department of  Development Studies (IE) at the University of Vienna.

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