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End the era of tax havens so that we can end poverty and inequality.

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Every one of us relies on public services funded by tax. It pays for our children’s education, healthcare when we’re sick, or transportion to get us to work.

Tax is key to make sure everyone has these vital public services. It is essential tool to ending extreme inequality, and could help lift millions of people out of poverty. When taxation works fairly, the majority benefit.

But taxation is not working as it should.  

It’s not working for the 896 million people[1] living in extreme poverty.

It’s not working for the 57 million children deprived of an education.

Or the 663 million[2] people with no access to clean, safe water.

A worldwide network of tax havens allows multinational companies and rich individuals to avoid paying hundreds of billions in tax. Many governments are complicit in sustaining this network. Through harmful tax competition, these governments cause significant tax revenue losses to other countries. Poorer countries in particular suffer the consequences: they are deprived of funds to provide services like health and education, and to tackle poverty.

Ultimately, governments need to act together to force this system to end. So we, the citizens of Québec, are asking you to work together with your counterparts across the world and create a global tax system that works for the many, not the few.

We call on you to put an end to the era of tax havens by:

- Supporting a more effective and comprehensive global approach against harmful tax practices and harmful tax competition between countries

- Enforcing public country-by-country reporting for transparency on where corporations do and don’t pay their fair share of tax

- Establishing a public register on beneficial owners that makes it clear who really owns all companies, foundations and trusts, to ensure that money cannot be moved around anonymously to avoid paying tax

- Supporting the establishment of an inclusive global tax body to ensure multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax.

As long as our world leaders work on behalf of the many, we can make the world a fairer place. So please commit to ending tax havens.


[1] http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview

[2] http://www.charitywater.org/whywater

End the era of tax havens

The wealth of the richest people and companies is escalating, aided by a global network of tax havens. But the losses in vital tax revenues means less money for basic public services like healthcare and education, and the fight against poverty. We must work together and call on world leaders to end their use, once and for all. Add your name to our letter to world leaders, and let’s end the era of tax havens.

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